Character  &  Context

In Case You Missed it April 7, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus a few news stories and tweets that might be worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

On the Blogs

 Kurt Gray explores a new and simple way to depict theory: theory mapping via Character & Context

We all know Kurt Lewin’s aphorism “there is nothing so practical as a good theory.” Unfortunately there is a divide between knowing theory’s importance and knowing exactly how to do it.  How should one represent the structure of science—the nomological net of ideas? 

The ways that student samples differ from the public varies around the world via Research Digest

Biologists have their fruit flies and rats, psychologists have students. An overwhelming amount of behavioral science is conducted with young people at universities on the assumption that it’s safe to generalise from this species of human to people more generally.


In the News

How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons via The New York TImes

The secretive ride-hailing giant Uber rarely discusses internal matters in public. But in March, facing crises on multiple fronts, top officials convened a call for reporters to insist that Uber was changing its culture and would no longer tolerate “brilliant jerks.”

How the GOP Could Use Science’s Reform Movement Against It via The Atlantic

The principles of openness, transparency, and reproducibility might be weaponized to defund and deny research.

On Twitter

If talking about open science creates a PR problem, the lesson is we need to do more about it, not less

- Sanjay Srivastava‏ (@hardsci), April 6, 2017


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