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Psychology's Renaissance

Leif D. Nelson, University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
Joseph P. Simmons, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
Uri Simonsohn, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Bridging Cultural Sociology and Cognitive Psychology in Three Contemporary Research Programs

Michèle Lamont, Harvard University - Department of Sociology
Laura Adler, Harvard University, Department of Sociology
Bo Yun Park, Harvard University
Xin Xiang, Harvard University - Graduate School of Education


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Forthcoming, Annual Review of Psychology

LEIF D. NELSON, University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
JOSEPH P. SIMMONS, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
URI SIMONSOHN, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

In 2010–2012, a few largely coincidental events led experimental psychologists to realize that their approach to collecting, analyzing, and reporting data made it too easy to publish false-positive findings. This sparked a period of methodological reflection that we review here and call Psychology’s Renaissance. We begin by describing how psychologists’ concerns with publication bias shifted from worrying about file-drawered studies to worrying about p-hacked analyses. We then review the methodological changes that psychologists have proposed and, in some cases, embraced. In describing how the renaissance has unfolded, we attempt to describe different points of view fairly but not neutrally, so as to identify the most promising paths forward. In so doing, we champion disclosure and preregistration, express skepticism about most statistical solutions to publication bias, take positions on the analysis and interpretation of replication failures, and contend that meta-analytical thinking increases the prevalence of false positives. Our general thesis is that the scientific practices of experimental psychologists have improved dramatically.

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Forthcoming, Nature Human Behavior

MICHÈLE LAMONT, Harvard University - Department of Sociology
LAURA ADLER, Harvard University, Department of Sociology
BO YUN PARK, Harvard University
XIN XIANG, Harvard University - Graduate School of Education

Three prominent research programs in cognitive psychology would benefit from a stronger engagement with the cultural context of cognition: studies of poverty focused on scarcity and cognitive bandwidth (CB); of the dual-process model of moral judgment (DPM); and of biases using the implicit association test (IAT). We address the blind spots common to these programs and suggest research strategies for moving beyond an exclusive focus on cognition. Research on poverty using the CB approach would benefit from considering the cultural schemas that influence how people perceive and prioritize needs. DPM researchers could explain variation by analysing cultural repertoires that structure moral choices. Research using the IAT can better explain implicit attitudes by addressing the variability in cultural schemas that undergird biases. We identify how these research programs can deepen the causal understanding of human attitudes and behaviours by addressing the interaction between internal cognition and supra-individual cultural repertoires.


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