How should we fund the PSA?

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.

Creating a psychological tool applicable to individuals around the world (STRAEQ-2 item generation and selection phase).

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).”

The financial cost of the PSA’s vision

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.

Proposing a PSA-affiliated paid translation service with a first focus on Africa

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.

Lack of theory building and testing impedes progress in the factor and network literature

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!

CORE Lab 2020 Lab Philosophy/Workflow Hackathon

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”

The CO-RE Lab opens its doors

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”

Yearly lab philosophy update

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.

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 are included

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”

Examining whether science self-corrects using citations of replication studies

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”

La société devrait exiger davantage des scientifiques : lettre ouverte à la population française

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”

Our department/labo will add a standard open science statement to all its job ads!

The Co-Re Lab is part of the Laboratoire Inter-universitaire de Psychologie Personnalité, Cognition, Changement Social (LIP/PC2S) at Université Grenoble Alpes. In France, “laboratoire” or “labo” (laboratory) is used for what researchers in the Anglo-Saxon world would call “department”. During our labo meeting yesterday one of the agenda points was to vote on the following statement:Continue reading “Our department/labo will add a standard open science statement to all its job ads!”

Many Labs 4: Failure to Replicate Mortality Salience Effect With and Without Original Author Involvement

December 10th, 2019. Richard Klein, Tilburg University; Christine Vitiello, University of Florida; Kate A. Ratliff, University of Florida. This is a repost from the Center for Open Science’s blog. We present results from Many Labs 4, which was designed to investigate whether contact with original authors and other experts improved replication rates for a complex psychological paradigm.Continue reading “Many Labs 4: Failure to Replicate Mortality Salience Effect With and Without Original Author Involvement”