How open science can advance African psychology: Lessons from the inside

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 areContinue reading “How open science can advance African psychology: Lessons from the inside”

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic: can self-administered mindfulness help against the stress from lockdown?

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

Temperature responsiveness during Hold Me Tight weekends: A new chapter for EFT?

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?”

Engaging with EFT as a Social Psychologist

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”

Posting a course via GitHub to your own blog

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”

Why any researcher should start their career with a meta-analysis

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”

Love in the times of COVID – help us support physically isolated people

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”

Why African researchers should join the Psychological Science Accelerator

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”

Science for Science Reformers

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”