Crisis Study

As I've been quite active on the social media this week, to recruit (social) psychological researchers for a study about (responses to) the replicability discussion/crisis in psychology, I thought it would make sense to write a little bit about it here as well. There are, after all, a few questions that keep coming up, like...

1. What are you doing?
Well, have you heard about the "crisis"? Sometimes I put it in scare-quotes, sometimes not, because people seem to have such varying opinions about it. It's these "varying opinions" I am primarily interested in, and so, following the lead of some other researchers who are asking researchers what they think about research (so meta!), I've decided to run a study asking researchers what they think about the crisis. Or "crisis".

2. But what's with the "(responses to)"?
Well, as Alison Ledgerwood writes in this excellent piece, early papers published on the state of the field focused on the problems and critiques. Since then, the focus has partly shifted to solutions to the problems (though that dichotomy is more for convenience than anything else). But then, people have different opinions about the solutions as well, and so in the study I include questions assessing these attitudes too.

3. And "(social) psychs"?
Social psychology is the subfield I am most familiar with, so some of the research questions addressed by the study are "narrow" ones, focused specifically on social psychology. But most of the questions are broad, so please, if you're any kind of research psychologist, participate! I don't mean to exclude anyone.

4. So... what are you finding?
I don't know yet! I've only looked at the "do you have any further comments" responses, to make sure nobody was pointing out any major flaws or glaring omissions. So far, it seems to all be running smoothly - although I do want to point out that I'm being deliberate vague about some things! You can find out more details by participating in the study, as more information is provided at the end. (Hint hint? Please participate. ;) )

And, of course, if you do so you have my eternal gratitude. Who knows, it may even help improve the field (of (social) psychology).

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