Improving the dependability of research in personality and social psychology: Recommendations for research and educational practice

Funder, David C.; Levine, John M.; Mackie, Diane M.; Morf, Carolyn C.; Vazire, Simine; West, Stephen G. (2014). Improving the dependability of research in personality and social psychology: Recommendations for research and educational practice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18(1), pp. 3-12. SAGE 10.1177/1088868313507536

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In this article, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Task Force on Publication and Research Practices offers a brief statistical primer and recommendations for improving the dependability of research. Recommendations for research practice include (a) describing and addressing the choice of N (sample size) and consequent issues of statistical power, (b) reporting effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), (c) avoiding “questionable research practices” that can inflate the probability of Type I error, (d) making available research materials necessary to replicate reported results, (e) adhering to SPSP’s data sharing policy, (f) encouraging publication of high-quality replication studies, and (g) maintaining flexibility and openness to alternative standards and methods. Recommendations for educational practice include (a) encouraging a culture of “getting it right,” (b) teaching and encouraging transparency of data reporting, (c) improving methodological instruction, and (d) modeling sound science and supporting junior researchers who seek to “get it right.”

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Morf, Carolyn

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

1088-8683

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2015 08:51

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2015 09:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1088868313507536

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65527

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65527

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