Is this effect smaller than the SESOI? Evaluating the hostile priming effect in the Srull & Wyer (1979) RRR

I was recently involved with a Registered Replication Report (RRR) of Srull & Wyer (1979). In this RRR, several independent labs collected data to test the “hostile priming effect”: An effect where exposing participants to stimuli related to the construct of hostility causes participants to subsequently judge ambiguous information as being more hostile. The resultsContinue reading “Is this effect smaller than the SESOI? Evaluating the hostile priming effect in the Srull & Wyer (1979) RRR”

"Open Science" is risky

Open science practices are “risky”. Not in the sense that they are potentially dangerous, but in the sense that they make it easier for you to be wrong. You know, theoretically “risky”. Theoretical progress is made by examining the logical implication of a theory, deducing a prediction from the theory, making observations, and then comparingContinue reading “"Open Science" is risky”

Multi-Site Collaborations Provide Robust Tests of Theories

According to Popper (1959) “We can say of a theory, provided it is falsifiable, that it rules out, or prohibits, not merely one occurrence, but always at least one event” (p. 70). I argue that, all else being equal, multi-site collaborations more robustly test theories than studies done at a single site at a single time byContinue reading “Multi-Site Collaborations Provide Robust Tests of Theories”

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 gameContinue 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 beContinue 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, andContinue 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 impulsiveContinue 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 asContinue reading “"Lab-based measure of aggression" are to "real aggression" what college students are to all humans”

A glimpse into my academic writing habits

The other day I was talking to a student who was interested in my approach to academic writing. Where do I write? When do I write? How often do I write? Etc. Later, this student expressed that our conversation was helpful. Here is the gist of my response. I hope you find at least oneContinue reading “A glimpse into my academic writing habits”