Character  &  Context

The Science of Who We Are and How We Relate
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Jun 22, 2015

Psychology News Round-Up (May 23rd)

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By Dave Nussbaum

  • This week the Association for Psychological Science is holding their annual convention in San Francisco. You can follow it on twitter using the hashtag #APS14sf. We’ll have reports from the convention coming in the next several weeks, starting tomorrow, so stay tuned. Wray Herbert (@wrayherbert) is at the convention filing reports; here are his first couple on romance and insecurity, and the anatomy of everyday hatred.
  • A special issue of Social Psychology was published this week, edited by Brian Nosek (@BrianNosek) and Daniel Lakens (@lakens), that includes over a dozen attempts to directly replicate existing research. Although there’s been some controversy surrounding it, I think there’s reason to be optimistic that it’s a step in the right direction and that the many reasonable voices will prevail, though there may be some bumps in the road along the way. The issue is Open Access and you can read it here. We’ve also reposted a response by Simone Schnall, whose research was among the targets of attempted replication, and here’s a commentary by one of the replicators, Brent Donnellan (@BrentDonnellan). And here are some related tweets:


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