Collectively, social psychology has played a major role in documenting impediments to objectivity; meanwhile those impediments present a continual challenge to empirical researchers. This raises a question that is both an interesting intellectual puzzle and also a problem of practical significance: How can we use social psychology to understand how to be better scientific thinkers? In general, my research tackles this problem from two different angles, one basic and one applied. For the former, I focus on the fundamental psychological processes that prevent us from being open-minded, agnostic consumers of information. For the latter, I apply this understanding in examining the ways in which social psychological research is conducted and understood.