At the recent conference for the Association for Psychological Science, Alessandro Sparacio gave a talk about his meta-analysis on self-administered mindfulness and biofeedback and whether they reduce stress (or stress’ consequences). You can find the abstract below the video and the preprint here. Abstract We conducted a pre-registered meta-analysis to appraise available evidence on twoContinue reading “Alessandro Sparacio’s Meta-Analysis on Self-Administered Mindfulness and Biofeedback”
Patrick Forscher, who has received the exciting news that he is taking up a new job at the Busara Center, was part of a panel discussion at Metascience2021 (together with Nick Coles and Max Primbs, two of the board members of the Psychological Science Accelerator). You can watch the panel discussion below. Video hosted onContinue reading “Lessons from “Big Team Science””
The PI of the CORE Lab, Hans (Rocha) IJzerman, gave an “expert talk” yesterday at the Special Interest Research Group (SIRG) on the Social Neuroscience of Human Attachment about the lab’s research on Social Thermoregulation. You can see the video of the talk below!
In the past, we have led and participated in various multi-site studies. When we do those studies, we recruit and rely on many (kind) colleagues. Often however, these studies are led by a select few. We want to change this and support others. Consider this as a start. Because we have experience in studies onContinue reading “Become lead researcher on a multi-site replication/extension study”
At this past conference for the Society of Improvement of Psychological Science, Adeyemi Adetula, PhD student at the CORE Lab, gave the closing keynote on the topic of Synergy Between the Credibility Revolution and Human Development in Africa. A preprint of a manuscript that he led is available on AfricArxiv. The video of his talkContinue reading “Adeyemi Adetula’s Keynote @ SIPS”
In the previous post of this series, we introduced you to the API we chose to perform data scraping, we described the key part of the data scraping scripts one of us (Bastien) programmed, and we provided the link to the GitHub Repo where the scripts are available. If you haven’t already done so, weContinue reading “A brief tutorial to scraping weather data with annotated scripts (part 3/3)”
In the previous post of this series, we defined the concept of data scraping and we introduced you to its key principles. If you haven’t already done so, we suggest you read this previous post as it may help you better understand the content of this one. In the second post of this series, weContinue reading “A brief tutorial to scraping weather data with annotated scripts (part 2/3)”
One of the main research topics in our lab is social thermoregulation. Therefore, much of our research involves the collection of temperature data in various forms (like the participant’s core or peripheral body temperature or the ambient temperature in the lab). For one of our projects we are conducting this year we focused on aContinue reading “A brief tutorial to scraping weather data with annotated scripts (part 1/3)”
May 20, 2021, Hans (Rocha) IJzerman gave a talk (online) at the Applied Face Cognition lab, led by Meike Ramon and for the Swiss Reproducibility Network. Below the video of his talk.
May 21, 2021, Adam Hahn gave a talk (online) at our “labo” LIP/PC2S at Université Grenoble Alpes. Below first the video of his talk and then the abstract. Abstract Implicit measures – the results of indirect computerized reaction-time attitude measurements such as the Implicit Associations Task (the “IAT”, Greenwald, McGhee, & Schwartz, 1998) – areContinue reading “Towards a Better Understanding of Implicit Bias Beyond Unconsciousness and Dishonesty”
You can download the referenced training materials (the videos, slides and embedded audio files, and scripts for each video) from our OSF Tutorial Videos page: https://osf.io/8akz5/. The CREP training videos are also directly available on YouTube: Signing up for CREP Creating an OSF page Preparing and submitting a CREP project Completing a CREP project ThereContinue reading “Creating CREP training resources for Africa: Lessons from our SPSP 2021 workshop and hackathon”
Olivier Dujols and Hans (Rocha) IJzerman gave a joint talk for the virtual International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics on its first birthday. Olivier talked about his STRAEQ-2 project and Hans talked about his book Heartwarming. A handout for the talk can be found here and the video of the talk can be found below. ThereContinue reading “Social Thermoregulation Talks for vICEE”
I find the Psychological Science Accelerator one of the more exciting initiatives in psychological science. The PSA can potentially solve many known complicated challenges within our discipline. From complex problems pertaining to replicability, generalizability, strategy selection, inferential reproducibility, and computational reproducibility, PSA’s Big Team Science approach has the potential to tackle them all. And yet,Continue reading “Hans IJzerman’s Associate Director Nomination”
This blog post was written by Ivan Ropovik and Hans IJzerman. This blogpost is cross-posted at PsyArxiv. In Spike W. S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz’ recently published BBS target article “Grounded procedures: A proximate mechanism for the psychology of cleansing and other physical actions” (2020), the authors outline proximal mechanisms underlying so-called cleansing effects. InContinue reading “Cleansing effects still lack empirical support: Rejoinder to Lee and Schwarz’ rejoinder”
One of the things we will miss possibly the most this pandemic winter in the Northern Hemisphere is gezelligheid [ɣəˈzɛləxɛit]. No real English equivalent of gezelligheid exists; the closest word in the English vernacular – coziness – still doesn’t capture the same feeling of intimacy and belonging. What does communicate a similar sentiment and is more familiar to US ears is the Danish concept hygge [hʊɡə] and the Swedish concept of lagom. Wikipedia describes gezelligheid as “’conviviality’, ‘coziness’, ‘fun’” or “just the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling”.
During this pandemic winter, many of us will be away from the people we love most. The absence of the physical presence of loved ones deprives us of hugs, physical touch, and feelings of physical and psychological warmth that no amount of Skype or Zoom ever seems to fully replace.
March 11, 2021, Patrick Forscher gave a talk (online) at the Applied Face Cognition lab, led by Meike Ramon and for the Swiss Reproducibility Network. Below first the video of his talk and then the abstract. Abstract Progress in psychology has been frustrated by challenges concerning replicability, generalizability, strategy selection, inferential reproducibility, and computational reproducibility.Continue reading “A Manifesto for Big Team Science: Talk at AFC”
This quote is often attributed to the person hailed as the “father of social psychology”, Kurt Lewin. In social psychology textbooks, the quote is used to justify a mode of social psychology whereby theories that are developed and tested in the lab “naturally” and “inherently” lead to useful social applications
During our journal club, we discuss a variety of articles. Some of them are focused on specific topics, but many of them are focused on broader methods (for a full list, see the featured image). During last meeting (January 22, 2021), we discussed the value of computational modeling. We used Wander Jager’s article “Enhancing theContinue reading “CORE Lab Journal Club (January 22, 2021): Enhancing the Realism of Simulation”
In our previous post, we argued that the PSA has a grand vision and a budget that cannot easily support it. If the PSA is to fulfill its aspirations, the PSA must increase its funding so that it can support an administrative staff.
In this post, we will assume that the PSA wants to fulfill its grand vision. We will therefore explore ways that the PSA could create the funding streams that are necessary to achieve that vision.
In one of my projects of my PhD, I – Olivier – am working on developing and validating a scale (the Social Thermoregulation, Risk Avoidance, and Eating Questionnaire – 2, or the STRAEQ-2). In the first phase of this project, we involved people from different countries and asked them to generate items. We did soContinue reading “Creating a psychological tool applicable to individuals around the world (STRAEQ-2 item generation and selection phase).”
In 2017, Chris Chartier shared a blog post that revealed a grand vision for psychology research: psychologists could build a “CERN for psychology” that does for psychology what particle accelerators have done for physics. This “CERN for psychology” would be an organization that harnessed, organized, and coordinated the joint efforts of psychology labs throughout the world to take on large, nationally diverse big team science projects.
How many resources does the PSA possess? This is a question that affects many activities within the PSA — prime among them the annual decision of how many studies the PSA is able to accept.
Psychological science is dominated by researchers from North America and Europe. The situation in Africa exemplifies this problem. In 2014, just 6 of 450 samples (1.4% of the total) in the journal Psychological Science were African. In Africa, language issues exacerbate the more general problem of underrepresentation; only 130 million out of 1.3 billion Africans are proficient in English, despite 24 out of the 54 countries having English as their official language. We propose a paid translation service that can help overcome this problem.
October 2, 2020, Eiko Fried gave a talk via Zoom for our department (laboratoire in French) LIP/PC2s at Université Grenoble Alpes, discussing how lack of theory building and testing impedes progress in the factor and network literature. The abstract of his talk is available here and you can see his talk below!
Today, September 16, 2020, we organized the yearly lab philosophy/workflow hackathon of the CORE Lab. To get all the lab members on one page and to reduce error as much as possible, we have a lab philosophy that is accompanied by various documents to facilitate our workflow. But research standards evolve and we also oftenContinue reading “CORE Lab 2020 Lab Philosophy/Workflow Hackathon”
Once a month, the CO-RE lab organizes a journal club. Before each journal club, all journal club members have the option to propose one or two articles for the group to read in advance. The articles may be about any topic related to the CO-RE lab’s shared interests of interpersonal relationships, meta-science, and research methodsContinue reading “The CO-RE Lab opens its doors”
To try to get everyone on one page in our lab, upon my arrival in Grenoble I wrote a “lab philosophy”. This lab philosophy is complemented by an OSF workspace that includes some useful R code, shared data (hidden from public view), the CRediT taxonomy to identify contributorship within our own lab, and a study protocol for social thermoregulation.
Psychological science should be a truly global discipline and psychologists should be poised to understand human behavior in any kind of context, whether it is urban or rural, developed or underdeveloped, WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) or nonWEIRD. To arrive there, we need to ensure that 1) researchers from those different contexts are included
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak had a massive impact on our lives. The lockdown obliged us to an abrupt change of habits by bringing severe limitations of personal freedoms. The measures taken against COVID-19, such as the lockdown, may well affect people’s mental health. A general population survey in the United Kingdom (with over
Starting in October 2019, I – Olivier – have gone to the Netherlands twice to record the peripheral temperature of partners in couple therapy. In a previous blog post, I explained the basic dynamics of romantic relationships and how couples can enhance their feelings of connection and safety through Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In thisContinue reading “Temperature responsiveness during Hold Me Tight weekends: A new chapter for EFT?”
I – Olivier – am a PhD student. My research is in social psychology. However, the end goal of my thesis is to improve how responsive couples are towards each other after they go through relationship therapy. Diving into relationship therapy is a big step for a research-focused social psychologist. To try to improve partnerContinue reading “Engaging with EFT as a Social Psychologist”
With the Covid19 crisis our life and our habits have completely changed. At least for a foreseeable amount of time, it will not be feasible to attend courses in person. As a result, many people are starting to move their courses online. If you want to publish your courses online, there are several ways toContinue reading “Posting a course via GitHub to your own blog”
Vous trouverez ici les chapitres du manuel pour apprendre à utiliser R et RStudio. Le manuel est écrit par Lisa DeBruine et traduit en français par Fabrice Gabarrot, Brice Beffara-Bret, Mae Braud, Marie Delacre, Zoé Lackner, Ladislas Nalborczyk et Cédric Batailler.
If your ambition is to become a scientist and an expert in a specific research area one path is more efficient than many others. The one that we think will make you an expert quickest is the writing of a meta-analysis. This path is very different from one involving primary research, but it will allowContinue reading “Why any researcher should start their career with a meta-analysis”
In the past few weeks, a humanitarian, social, and economic disaster has been unfolding because of COVID19. To stop the virus from spreading, people have been asked to engage in social distancing. Based on what we know so far this is a wise decision and we encourage everyone to engage in social distancing, too. AtContinue reading “Love in the times of COVID – help us support physically isolated people”
The goals of AfricArXiv include fostering community among African researchers, facilitate collaborations between African and non-African researchers, and raise the profile of African research on the international stage. These goals align with the goals of a different organization, the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA). This post describes how these goals align and argues that joining the Psychological ScienceContinue reading “Why African researchers should join the Psychological Science Accelerator”
In November 2019, Tal Yarkoni set psychology Twitter ablaze with a fiery preprint, “The Generalizability Crisis” (Yarkoni, 2019). Written with direct, pungent language, the paper fired a direct salvo at the inappropriate breadth of claims in scientific psychology, arguing that the inferential statistics presented in papers are essentially meaningless due to their excessive breadth andContinue reading “Science for Science Reformers”
As scientists, we often hope that science self-corrects. But several researchers have suggested that the self-corrective nature of science is a myth (see e.g., Estes, 2012; Stroebe et al., 2012). If science is self-correcting, we should expect that, when a large replication study finds a result that is different from a smaller original study, theContinue reading “Examining whether science self-corrects using citations of replication studies”
This blog was written to originally appear in “Le Monde” and so was initially aimed at the French public. However, people from all countries can sign to show their support for the integration of open science into grants and hiring practices. The French version is first, after which the English version follows. If you wantContinue reading “La société devrait exiger davantage des scientifiques : lettre ouverte à la population française”