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The meaningfulness of lab-based aggression research

I consider myself to be an aggression researcher. And I often use lab-based research methods. So I guess I consider myself a lab-based aggression researcher. One of the things I often worry about is whether I am producing meaningful, informative, credible research that helps us understand "real-world" aggression. Or am I merely playing a game … Continue reading The meaningfulness of lab-based aggression research

The benefits of "crowdsourced" research

What is crowdsourced research?  Briefly, “crowdsourced” research involves several individual researchers who coordinate their resources to accomplish goals that would be difficult to achieve individually. Although there are several different ways in which researchers can work collaboratively, the current blog is focusing on projects where several different researchers each collect data that will be pooled … Continue reading The benefits of "crowdsourced" research

3 useful habits for your research workflow

I chronically tinker with my research workflow. I try to find better ways to brainstorm, organize my schedule, manage my time, manage my files (e.g., datafiles, R code, manuscripts, etc.), read and synthesize research articles, etc. In some ways, I am always in a state of self-experimentation: I find an idea, make a change, and … Continue reading 3 useful habits for your research workflow

All aggression is instrumental

Aggression is commonly defined as a behavior done with the intent to harm another individual who is motivated to avoid receiving the behavior. Some researchers go further and try to classify aggression as being either "reactive aggression" or "instrumental aggression." I do not believe this distinction is useful.Briefly, reactive aggression is supposedly an impulsive aggressive … Continue reading All aggression is instrumental

"Lab-based measure of aggression" are to "real aggression" what college students are to all humans

Aggression is a common feature of social interactions.  Therefore, it is important for social scientists to develop a well-rounded understanding of this phenomenon.  One valuable approach to understanding aggression is laboratory-based research, which requires researchers to have usable and valid methods for measuring aggression in laboratory settings.  However, behaviors that are clearly aggressive, such as … Continue reading "Lab-based measure of aggression" are to "real aggression" what college students are to all humans

Preregistration increases the informativeness of your data for theories

Theories predict observations. Observations are either consistent or inconsistent with the theory that that implied the observations. Observations that are consistent with the theory are said to corroborate the theory. Observations that are inconsistent with the theory should cast doubt on the theory, or cast doubt on one of the premises of the theory. There … Continue reading Preregistration increases the informativeness of your data for theories

hostile priming effects seem to be robust

In 1979, Srull & Wyer published a study wherein participants were presented with a series of 4 words from which they had to construct grammatically correct 3-word phrases. Some phrases described aggressive behaviors (i.e., break his leg). Later, participants read a story about the day in the life of a man named Donald. In this … Continue reading hostile priming effects seem to be robust