News from the Accelerator- June 2021

  • Study Updates:
    • PSA-002 (Object Orientation) PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): Data collection for 002 and 003 is officially complete! The 002 and 003 teams are now working on data cleaning and executing our pre-registered analysis plans. The lead team will be reaching out to the data collection teams for help with the coding of text responses soon.
    • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The leadership team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking.
    • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): Given the progress of vaccination in the US we are hoping to collect data in the fall! We are compiling a survey of collaborators to gather information on what different universities are doing with in-person data collection this fall. If you haven’t already received this survey you should soon!
    • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The lead team has submitted the Stage II submission to Nature Human Behavior.
    • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): PSA 007: SPAML is still recruiting collaborators, with contribution opportunities available through the Words2Many and Subs2Strudel pre-projects. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about 007 please e-mail us at:
    • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003):
      • PSACR002 was accepted for publication at Nature Human Behavior!
      • PSACR001 and PSACR003 are both working towards publication, and will share updates and drafts soon! (PSACR001 was rejected at PNAS) 


The dates are set! Join the PSA community from October 28th-30th for three days of learning, collaborating, and socializing! This year you can expect to find conference programming in these categories: PSA/Big Team Science Updates, Panel discussions, Hackathon, Unconferences, Original Research, Posters Sessions, and Workshops. Each day will feature programming over 12 hours (based on the results of the doodle poll) to allow for flexibility between time zones and give ample opportunities for attendees to pop in and out as their schedule allows. We will be using this page to update people as we continue to organize all matters of PSACON2021. We hope to see you there!

To register and reserve your virtual seat fill out this form!

To propose a session for the 2021 Virtual Meeting of the Psychological Science Accelerator, please fill out this form!

Call for Translators!  

The Community building and Network Expansion Committee has created an infographic to help recruit members to the PSA from underpopulated regions. We are asking for some people to assist our committee by translating these for recruitment materials (2-4 pages of materials) in the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Bangladesh, and Russia (Other languages are optional if we have people who would like to recruit in their own language)

If you or someone you know would be able to help please reach out to Miguel Silan ( or Maximilian Primbs ( 

PSA Receives Funding

A grant written by Chris Chartier and Charlie Ebersole on behalf of the PSA was approved for funding by the John Templeton Foundation. The grant provides just under $1 million over three years and will allow the PSA to hire three full-time staff members. It also contains $160,000 to assist data collection labs over four (to be determined) projects. You can learn more about the grant here

CREP Partnership

Our study selection for the second Accelerated CREP update is complete! We will be replicating Study 2 from Pennycook, Cannon, & Rand (2018)Prior exposure increases perceived accuracy of fake news. Keep an eye out on our newsletter for updates; we anticipate that teams will be able to start signing up in October or earlier.


Over the past month, we have received several new members on our Slack, Twitter, and Membership website, due in part to presentations on the PSA at the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science 2021 conference. Welcome new members! We are excited for you to join our organization. Below you will find more ways to get connected.

Slack- If you have not already you can join our Slack. Slack is a platform that PSA uses to communicate with each other, talk about our work and even learn about some fun and interesting events! To join in at our slack channel just click here to be part of our chat, and see all the interesting information that we have. 

Welcome channel– For new members joining the PSA off of amazing SIPS energy, come join our #welcome channel on slack for a comprehensive look at all PSA-relevant information. We also encourage PSA members, in general, to return to this channel as and when they need quick information about the current status of our projects & committees to see how to contribute.

Swiss Psychology Open 

We want to let you know of an exciting opportunity with the Swiss Psychology Open. The Swiss Psychology open is a new open-access journal that focuses on advancing and supporting best practices in psychological science and teaching. SPS has released two special calls for papers, one of which relates to “big team science”. The call allows for very practically oriented submissions on logistics, technical implementation, and legal challenges. For more information you can check out the call here.

News from the Accelerator- May 2021

Study updates:

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation) PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice):  The 002/003 team is happy to report that as of 6/1, we are completing data collection for the project. There are a few labs who are still in the process of finishing up, but we anticipate that all data collection for the project will draw to a close within a week. The lead teams will begin data processing and analysis shortly thereafter.
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The leadership team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking.
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): We are waiting on vaccine distribution to get to a place that allows in-person data collection again. This summer the leadership team will evaluate whether in-person data collection is feasible in Fall 2021.
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The Stage II submission has received a revise-and-resubmit from Nature Human Behavior.
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): SPAML is currently in its beginning stages and recruiting collaborators for a variety of pre-project tasks. More information about these tasks can be found here and here. For more information on this project, please contact,, or check out the hackathon hosted by Erin and Savannah.
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003)- 
    • 001: is submitted to PNAS. A preprint will be uploaded in the near future.
    • 002: the revised Stage II manuscript will soon be resubmitted to Nature Human Behavior
    • 003: the proposing authors are currently incorporating feedback from the PSA network.


On June 17th 10-11:30 AM Eastern Pacific, we will be hosting a summer symposium titled “Revisiting the role of demand characteristics in social science research”. More information here. All are welcome! 

CREP Collaborations

Please help us decide on the next Accelerated CREP Study!  

Accelerated CREP is a joint effort between the PSA and the Collaborative Replications and Education Project (  You can learn about our first study, PSA 004 True Belief, here: We are asking interested PSA members to vote on the next collaboration. More information (and a link to voting) is available here.


The preparations for this year’s edition of the PSA conference (PSACON 2021) are underway. We have a fresh new team of PSA members who will serve in their capacity as organizing committee who volunteered to dedicate some of their time to the organization of the event. If you are interested in serving on this committee you are welcome to reach out to any of the following members. The team thus far consists of an amazing group of people in our organization. 

We’ve kept the best parts of PSACON2020! Much like last year, interested individuals can sponsor another attendee’s registration while paying for their own. PSACON2021 will be hosting a wide variety of events, including PSA studies, presentations from our collaborators, hackathons, and coffee hour sessions. As the organizing committee delves into the process of putting out a call for presenters, we hope to welcome increasingly creative ways of talking about science during a virtual conference. More details about the schedule, the format of the conference, and sending in presentations will be sent around mid-June!

As part of our planning for this virtual event, we are asking you to help us in making a joint, informed decision regarding some important organizational aspects. You can do this by filling out this poll. Please make your voice heard, and we hope to see you at this year’s conference!

News from the Accelerator: April 2021

Study updates:

  • PSA-002: Object Orientation & PSA-003: Gendered Prejudice-. PSA-002 & -003 are finishing up data collection for English-speaking labs this month. We anticipate finishing data collection for non-English speaking labs by the end of May and will draft the Stage 2 report shortly afterward.
  • PSA-004: Accelerated CREP- 004 has completely finished data collection! The leadership team and other volunteers have begun the process of data processing, pre-processing work, and working on final reviews for finished labs. 
  • PSA-005: Stereotype Threat- We are waiting on vaccine distribution to get to a place that allows in-person data collection again. This summer, we will evaluate whether in-person data collection is likely to be feasible in Fall 2021.
  • PSA-006: Trolley Problem- This project is coming close to an end as we have submitted the manuscript! Now we are waiting to hear more from the reviewers.
  • PSA-007: SPAM-L- The 007 Canvas Website is in use. We have rolled out the three pre-projects and have had several people already contribute so far!! If you would like to contribute to the pre-projects, please email Erin Buchanan (
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003)- PSACR is now focused on getting manuscripts written, revised, and submitted. PSACR-001 is revising their manuscript based on team feedback. PSACR-002 has been accepted with minor revisions at Nature Human Behavior, and all co-authors are reviewing the submission and updating their authorship information over the next 10 days. PSACR-003 is revising their manuscript based on team feedback. Erin Buchannan is also drafting a data paper that describes the method of the bundled project. Once this manuscript is ready, we will share the draft with the entire PSACR team (i.e., all data collection labs, translators, etc.), who are invited to serve as co-authors. 
A note from the amazing Charlie Ebersole (former Interim Director)

Over the last few months, I got to see the PSA from a new perspective, serving as its interim director. I came into this role through a very competitive process among the Associate Directors – that being that I was the only one who wasn’t currently teaching and/or raising very small children. In hindsight, though, I’m incredibly grateful for this somewhat random opportunity. I gained a lot from this experience, but what I will take most from it is hope. I am more hopeful than I have been in some time for psychological research, researchers, and our ability to maybe make the world a bit better. That’s because of you all.

The greatest strength of the PSA is our collective knowledge and effort. I knew that before I served as director. However, I didn’t realize just how strong we were as a network. The PSA is filled with more smart, talented, hard-working people that actually want to improve things than I had ever gotten to see before. It is genuinely inspiring. There is more knowledge and experience in this group than I could ever hope to acquire in a career, and I’m thankful that I got to learn from more of you over the last few months. 

There are a lot of issues that the PSA will continue to grapple with. We’ve struggled to live up to some of our values in terms of global representativeness at all levels of the organization.  Finding funding continues to be difficult. However, I feel very confident that we’ll be able to overcome the challenges we face and continue to build a stronger, more impactful, and more inclusive network. That confidence comes from working with you all. You are an incredible group of scholars and humans. It was my honor to serve as director of such a great collection of people.

Thanks everyone, Charlie

Elections for Director and Associate Director: 

We are pleased to announce that the most recent PSA election has come to its conclusion. With 187 completed ballots cast, the PSA expressed confidence in Nicholas Coles (@coles_nicholas_) to serve as director, and selected Erin Buchanan (@aggieerin) and Lisa DeBruine (@LisaDeBruine) to serve as Associate Directors. All three have accepted the positions and will start Friday, April 23. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Nicholas, Erin, and Lisa.

It is always tough when there are many more wonderful candidates than there are positions to fill. As we collectively wish Nicholas, Erin, and Lisa well in their new roles, let’s also offer our thanks and kudos to all the candidates for their willingness to throw their hats into the ring. I’m sure I’m not alone in appreciating the great ideas and thoughts that went into the statements and conversations on Slack. THANK YOU, Hans Rocha IJzerman (@hansijzerman), Jessica Flake(@JkayFlake), Sandersan (Sandy) Onie (@DrSandersanOnie), Gerit Pfuhl (@Gerit_Pfuhl), and Rima-Maria Rahal (@rimamrahal).

Let’s also please offer our thanks and kudos to our election tellers, Crystal Steltenpohl (@CrystalNSYoung), Ilker Dalgar (@IlkerDalgar), and Max Primbs (@MaxPrimbs). They were on the receiving end of a LOT of emails and did their due diligence to ensure a fair and accurate process. THANK YOU, Crystal, Ilker, and Max.

We’re all very lucky that we get to work and think with bright people the world over!  


Heather Urry

A special thank you to Heather Urry

We also would like to thank the amazing Heather Urry (@HeatherUrry) for coordinating these elections. This was the biggest election process that the PSA has seen so far, and she did a FANTASTIC job coordinating everything. To give you an idea of her contribution to this election, we have listed a few tasks that she worked on during this process (This is not a complete list of her contributions). She managed the nominations, contacted each of the nominations to see if they were still interested, collected and distributed the statements, answered questions about the process, created each candidate’s Slack channels, kept the entire network up to date and in the loop, set up the election ballot, and analyzed the election outcome data. So, if you have a moment to send Heather a Slack, direct message, or email, please thank her for her amazing work to make this election happen!

Community Building and Network Expansion

We have implemented monthly social events to allow new members to get integrated into our community. Everyone is welcome to join these meetings to get to know other members in our network. Here is the link for each month’s meeting! We will post the dates for each month on the PSA gcal. 

If you want to keep up to date with the various events that are happening on the PSA Network, subscribe to our calendar via Gmail or Outlook, depending on what you use! This should be the link to the calendar. 

Another initiative the CBNE committee is implementing is Community Energizing threads- informal Slack threads to help members get to know each other better, their works, ideas, approaches, etc. [Similar to the idea of ‘themed discussion days’ on certain subreddits, if you’re familiar with Reddit]. The community building committee thought it was a good time to bring it back!  Absolutely all members are welcome to join in. Feel free to make the thread messy, especially if you want to reply to the responses you find to be interesting, or with topics you find similar interests on. We will be posting these periodically so be on the lookout for these threads.

News from the Accelerator- February 2021

  • Study updates:
    • PSA 002: Object Orientation & PSA 003: Gendered Prejudice- We have now completed trouble shooting for the new online version of the procedure and are ready for any labs who have not yet completed data collection to begin using this new procedure. 
    • PSA 004: Accelerated CREP- 004 is wrapping up data collection at a few sites but are no longer taking any new labs. We’ll be reaching out to contributors in February or March.
    • PSA 005: Stereotype Threat- We’re waiting on vaccine distribution to get to a place that allows in-person data collection again. This summer, we’ll evaluate whether in-person data collection is likely to be feasible in fall 2021.
    • PSA 006: Trolley Problem- This project is coming close to an end as we have submitted the manuscript!
    • PSA 007: SPAM-L- The 007 Canvas Website is ready to go! This means we are going to start rolling out the Pre-projects to members interested in the first week of March. If you would like to contribute to the pre-projects, please email Erin Buchanan (
    • PSA COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003)- PSACR 002 and PSACR 003 authors are revising their manuscripts in response to network feedback. PSACR 001 authors are preparing their manuscript for network review.

Partnership with CREP: 

We have decided to partner with CREP again for 2021! We would like you to help us pick our next study to replicate as one big happy network of students and scholars!

Every year CREP selects 1-3 studies to replicate. This year, we’ve narrowed it down to 100 papers from 2018, but we want students to help us with the rest. Students can contribute by going to the link below and following the instructions to rate papers. They can do as many as they’d like between now and March 15!

SO! How can you get involved if you are not a student? Please incorporate this into one of your classes and ask your students for participation. If you would like to know which of your students participates then have them list your information on the form. After March 15, Jordan Wagge will send a list of the students who participate (and how many studies they rate) to any instructors on the list.

Questions? Please email

Thank you

-The CREP & PSA teams

Elections For Director and Associate Director: 

The PSA is currently in the process of electing a new Director and one Associate Director. These positions will be filled by a direct election from the PSA network. PSA leadership has received all of the nominations (self or others) for these roles and we plan to conduct the election process over the next two months. Each nominated individual has until March 15 to write a 1000 word statements to support their candidacy. Shortly after March 15, we will make the candidate statements available in the PSA Slack.  If you have any questions about the election process or what’s involved in the positions, contact Heather Urry, at


We have 4 new assistant directors appointed. We are very excited to see what each of them will bring to the table. 

Miguel Silan – Assistant Director of Community Building and Network Expansion

Miguel Silan is a psychological science researcher with a focus on meta-methodology (how do we know what we know and why do we do what we do?). He is studying issues in ontology, philosophy of psychometrics and the nature of fuzzy constructs. With the PSA he is scrutinizing the vulnerabilities of cross-cultural studies, and consequently, rethinking the possibilities in how to approach multi-site studies and other large-scale collaborations.

As assistant director for the CBNEC, he plans for the committee to have a more purposive and systematic community expansion approach – especially in recruiting from developing countries and underrepresented world regions. Further, with CBNEC, he is looking forward to implementing a roster of community engagement events (including our beloved coffee socials), as well as community assessment to aid in sustainably applying initiatives from other committees (ex. financial schemes).

Maximilian Primbs – Assistant Director of Translation and Cultural Diversity

Maximilian is a second year Research Master student in Behavioural Science at Radboud University, the Netherlands. After learning about the PSA through an interview he conducted with Chuan-Peng Hu, Max joined the PSA as language-wise coordinator for German for PSA006. After a very positive experience with 006, he decided to work on the PSACR project series and ended up coordinating the translation process for the project. In his term as Assistant Director of Translation and Cultural Diversity he wants to focus on standardising the PSA translation process by creating standard templates and implementation workflows. Moreover, he wants to increase the cultural diversity of the PSA by recruiting students to work on PSA projects. His work outside the PSA is focussed on stereotypes, visual perception, and on the analysis of reaction time data. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, boxing, and playing Dungeon and Dragons (the first two pre-lockdown :wink:).

Biljana Gjoneska – Assistant Director of Ethics

“I discovered the world of PSA, when I first learned about a multinational study investigating morality across the world (PSA 006). The deontological and utilitarian principles explored in different moral dilemmas across many countries, were evocative of medical ethics principles acquired over the course of my undergraduate studies: “primum nil nocere” (i.e., “first, do not harm”) and “primum optime curare” (i.e., “first, secure optimal treatment”). So, I was instantly drawn to the world of PSA.

I discovered the core PSA principles, when I attended the first conference (PSACON). This is where I realized that the topics discussed and the idea I was presenting (about a public auction of proposals) were all grounded on the same principles: scientific rigor and openness to criticism, transparency and decentralized authority, diversity and inclusion. The most humane and most basic ethics was at the root of them all.

I discovered the PSA community, when I was closely collaborating on a chapter about PSA (as promising resource for clinical psychologists). I realized that some moral foundations that I studied over the course of my doctorate studies, like fairness and reciprocity, care and sharing, were the shared characteristics of all my colleagues and PSA members. 

The PSA Ethics Committee comes as a next logical step. I can’t hardly wait to embark on this journey, and I promise to hold all of the mentioned principles and to cherish all people and opinions.” 

Jessica Flake – Assistant Director of Methods

JK Flake has been an active member of the PSA from the beginning. She worked with Chris Chartier and Patrick Forscher to develop a data and methods committee for the PSA and was the methodologist for PSA001. Her work with the data and methods committee has focused on ensuring methodological rigor of PSA studies and making the PSA an avenue for contributing methodological innovations to the field of psychology. Currently she is leading the PSA’s first ever large-scale measurement invariance study and working with the data and methods committee to further our metascience research and support of accepted studies with methodologists.

News from the Accelerator- January 2021

The first month of 2021 is over and we have had quite a month! We kicked off 2021 with our first published study and we enter into some new and exciting transitions ahead of us. We look forward to seeing what else this year will bring. 

Study updates:

  • PSA 001- This project is now officially online at Nature Human Behaviour! This puts a bow on the PSA’s first empirical project. Congratulations to the whole study team for this enormous accomplishment. You can read some reflections from the leadership team of the project on the Nature blog
  • PSA 002/003- The leadership team for the 002/003 bundle of studies has been hard at work, creating an online version of the 002 study protocol that will not rely on in-person data collection. This new protocol was recently approved by the editors of the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. We are now testing the 002 online link. 
  • PSA 004- 004 is wrapping up data collection at a few sites but are no longer taking any new labs. We’ll be reaching out to contributors in February or March.
  • PSA 005- We’re waiting on vaccine distribution to get to a place that allows in-person data collection again. This summer, we’ll evaluate whether in-person data collection is likely to be feasible in fall 2021.
  • PSA 006- Final analyses are being completed and the manuscript is being written.
  • PSA 007- We are putting together the website for people to get started on this project. As soon as that is finished we will send out the onboarding email. If you would like to be a part of the pre-projects, please email Erin Buchanan!
  • PSACR Bundle- The submitting author teams are hard at work analyzing data and writing their manuscript drafts! Meanwhile, we (the admin team) are developing a data management plan (figuring out exactly how and when we will share the data). We also, on an ongoing basis, are working to make sure that everyone’s contributions are accurately documented.

Chris Farewell:

This past month we received news that Chris Chartier has resigned from his role as PSA Director. Chris guided the PSA from an idea to a vibrant organization with more than 1400 members. Although he will no longer be the PSA’s director, he may yet transition into a different PSA role. In the meantime, Charlie Ebersole will serve as acting Director of the PSA and we will begin the process of holding an election for a new Director. 

Below you will find Chris’s farewell message to the PSA. 

“I can’t wait to watch, and support, the PSA through this transition and into the next chapter of it’s growth. I’m a bit sad to step away from this role, because it has been such a personal joy to serve in this way, but I’m also very excited to see all the amazing things the PSA will accomplish with a new Director who can give the organization the energy, attention, and care it deserves. 

I’ve enjoyed working with each and every one of you immensely. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making these last 3 and a half years of my life so special and meaningful. It’s a period of my life that I will always cherish and look back on fondly. I won’t be disappearing from the PSA of course, but I’m not yet sure what my next role/type of contribution will be.

As for the practical matters of this transition, Charlie Ebersole will serve as Interim Director until the Associate Directors group can complete an election process for the new Director (thank you, Charlie!!).


Appointments and Elections:

The PSA will be replacing several of its leadership positions in the coming months.  Below is a quick rundown of each.

Assistant Directors

The Assistant Director positions are replaced by appointment of the Associate Directors. We have openings for positions in the following six committees:

  • Funding
  • Ethics
  • Community Building and Network Expansion
  • Data and Methods
  • Training
  • Translation and Cultural Diversity

After January 30th, the Acting Director and the Associate Directors will select the new Assistant Directors from among the nominees.. If you have any questions about this application or this process, contact the Acting Director, Charlie Ebersole, at .

Director and Associate Director

This Spring, the PSA will be electing a new Director and one Associate Director. These positions will be filled by a direct election from the PSA network. Any PSA member may run for these positions. 

Later this month, the PSA leadership will solicit nominations (self or others) for these roles and we plan to conduct the election process over the next two months. If you have any questions about the election process or what’s involved in the positions, contact the Acting Director, Charlie Ebersole, at

Reflections on funding the PSA

Funding lead Patrick Forscher and Associate Director Hans IJzerman published a blog reflecting on how to fund the PSA. This blog follows up on two previous blogs, one that reflects on the PSA’s resources for running studies, and a second that reflects on the financial cost of the PSA’s vision for itself.

The new blog lays out the makings of a funding strategy for the PSA. It lays out four possible sources of future funding: grant writing, charitable giving, fees-for-service, and membership fees, and weighs the strengths and weaknesses of each possibility. The blog also contains two surveys to solicit member feedback about the ideas within the blog.

This is an important post, as it concerns the future of the PSA. If you are interested in shaping the PSA’s strategy for financial sustainability, please give it a read.