News from the Accelerator- March 2022

Quick Read 

  • On April 29th, Nicholas Coles and Heidi Baumgartner (from ManyBabies) will be hosting a free online panel on authorship challenges in big team science.
  • PSA-005 has officially collected more participants than any other study focused on stereotype threat with African American students.

Study updates

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): The lead team is working on implementing the extensive feedback from Psychonomic Bulletin and Review into the Stage 2 Registered Report.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team has written a response letter to the PBR feedback and is in the process of finalizing a new draft of the manuscript. 
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. Collaborators were added to canvas to fill out the authorship form. If you have not received this invitation, please email Savannah Lewis.
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): PSA-005 has collected more participants than any other study focused on stereotype threat with African American students, with a total of 681 participants! Congrats to all collaborators on this huge success. Data collection will continue into (Northern Hemisphere) Fall of 2022. 
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The manuscript has final acceptance at Nature Human Behaviour. The lead team is waiting to receive the final paper proofs. 
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): The team is working on revise-and-resubmit from Nature Human Behavior. The admin team is additionally working on coding the experiment in lab.js, piloting the experiment, and setting up the system for material translations. The project team will be sending out updates in the near future regarding ways to contribute to the current project.  If you are interested in becoming a collaborator, or want to learn more about 007 please e-mail the lead team.
  • PSA- 008 (Minimal Groups): The lead team is finalizing their registered report manuscript for submission to Nature Human Behaviour. They have reopened the interest survey to more effectively collect information about potential collaborators and will send out onboarding instructions in the next couple of weeks. 
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/003)- 
    • The PSACR-001 lead team is working on revising the manuscript at Affective Science.
    • PSACR-003 has been accepted at PNAS. Collaborators should receive an update soon from the lead team.

Upcoming Big Team Science Panel 

On April 29th, the director of ManyBabies and the Director of the PSA will be hosting a panel on authorship challenges in big team science. Panelists will include the co-developer of the CRediT taxonomy (Liz Allen), co-developer of the Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (Flavio Azevedo), former chair of CASRAI (Simon Kerridge), and metascience researcher at the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) (Robert Thibault). All attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their own questions and contribute to the conversation.

To register for this (FREE) event, check out his link: 
https://bigteamsciencelab.github.io/events/

PSA Ethics Committee launches a call for new members!

The PSA Ethics Committee is excited to welcome new members and encourages all interested candidates to respond to our call by 25 April (18:00 CET). For more details regarding the mission of the PSA Ethics Committee, the specifics of the call, the qualifications of potential candidates, and the submission procedures please consult the following link. We are expecting you!

News from the Accelerator- February 2022

Quick Read 

Study updates

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): The lead team is working through extensive feedback on the Stage 2 Registered Report submission from Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team has completed initial data analyses and is working on drafting a manuscript describing the results.
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. A group of collaborators were emailed the current version of the manuscript a few weeks ago. 
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): Data collection continues. As of last week, the team has collected 571 participants across 29 sites! 
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The manuscript has final acceptance at Nature Human Behaviour. The lead team is waiting to receive the final paper proofs. 
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): The team received a favorable revise-and-resubmit on the Stage 1 registered report submitted to Nature Human Behaviour! The project team is now working on (a) addressing reviewer comments, (b) finalizing the experimental materials in lab.js, and (c) establishing a system for material translations. The project team will be sending updates in the near future regarding other ways to contribute. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more, e-mail the lead team.
  • PSA- 008 (Minimal Groups): The lead team thanks everyone who filled out the interest survey and will contact those who responded with onboarding instructions in early April. In the meantime, the lead team is working on a pilot study and a Stage 1 registered report. They aim to submit the manuscript to Nature Human Behaviour by the end of March. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator (and did not fill out the interest survey) or want to learn more about the project, e-mail Kathleen.
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/003)- 
    • The PSACR-001 lead team is working on revising the manuscript at Affective Science. Collaborators have already submitted feedback and approved resubmission, so the paper will be resubmitting once those revisions are complete.
    • PSACR-003 has been accepted at PNAS, but there are still some details being worked out with the journal (particularly regarding payment). Once those details are finalized, collaborators will be notified.

Reminder to apply for the PSA positions at Ashland University.

Christopher Chartier at Ashland University will begin looking at applications for three full-time positions on March 14, 2022. The three positions include a Research Scientist, a Postdoctoral Researcher, and a Research Coordinator that will work with the PSA and Chris on a three-year funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Applicants who submit before on or before March 14 will receive priority when it comes to filling the positions. 

All positions will begin on July 1, 2022 on 1-year contracts through Ashland University with the potential to renew for up to two additional years through the end of the project on June 30, 2025. You can read more about the project here

If you have questions feel free to slack, message or email Chris (cchartie@ashland.edu). 

Links to application and job description: 

Research Scientist
Post-doctoral Researcher 
Research Coordinator 

2022-2025 Vision Plan 

Several members of PSA leadership have drafted a vision plan that reviews the history, guiding principles, and recent accomplishments of the PSA. This document also focuses on 6 priorities the network can focus on over the next three years.

To view the document in its entirety, view this link. If  you would like to submit feedback, please use this form.

Recruiting members for the funding and finance committee

The funding and finance committee is recruiting new members to serve in multiple roles that are vital for sustaining the PSA. The general purpose of the funding and finance committee is to serve as an advisory board for the PSA’s Director and Associate Directors on all matters related to finance and funding. To learn more information, please read this document! 

Call for Proposals: Rare populations!

The PSA is releasing a call for proposed studies with rare populations. To learn more, please read this document!

Community Building and Network Expansion Committee Interns!  

The Community Building and Network Expansion Committee (CBNEC) is a committee of the PSA that is tasked with engaging, expanding and assessing the network. This year, among its many other initiatives, the CBNEC is more purposively and systematically recruiting scholars from developing nations. To help in these initiatives, the CBNEC will be recruiting two (2) interns through the Université Grenoble Alpes.. To learn more, please read this document!

Call for Proposals: PSA Rare Populations

The Psychological Science Accelerator is a distributed network of researchers across the behavioral sciences. Great theoretical advances can be made by conducting studies with participants being members of rare populations, but power is necessarily small in single-center investigations (due to the populations being rare). With over 1200 labs from 82 countries on all six populated continents, the PSA has the ability to collect large-sample data from rare populations and advance theory. The PSA is able to contribute to the discovery of generalizable knowledge through a new initiative where researchers may propose a study using a rare population for strong theoretical testing.

What is a rare population? 

For this call, rare populations are defined in a broad manner: these include hard-to-reach samples whether because of logistical, geographic, cultural or other reasons. Examples include people extremely high or low on a given trait; people with a specific diagnosis; members of rare minority groups, trauma survivors and other vulnerable populations, and so on. Rare populations (broadly defined) that can be accessed across multiple countries globally are preferred to rare populations that can only be accessed within a specific country/region. This would ensure the engagement of the full PSA network, increased data gathering capabilities of the study and that the results are generalizable and not dependent on the idiosyncrasies of the local data collection.

What makes for a strong submission?

A major factor of the proposals will be to use a study design where studying the rare population would contribute to a major theoretical advance, regardless of the outcome of the results. In this line, a broad range of methodologies are welcome, not only experimental/quantitative but also including descriptive, exploratory, mixed-methods and qualitative designs. Strong submissions should also justify the need for the use of the PSA network and resources.

Stage 1:

Submit a 2-page proposal with a supplementary document. The proposal should include rationale for the study, the targeted rare population and the study design (including measures, protocols and data analysis).

Importantly, the proposal should come with an additional supplementary document that details the steps to be taken for data gathering labs to access the rare population. As applicable, this document may include protocols to “filter” the general population, partnering with relevant local  institutions, or any such criteria as to demarcate the population of interest and how to access them. This is important so PSA can review the feasibility of the proposal.

Note: Rare Populations can be vulnerable and data collection in some countries can pose ethical or legal risk. Please consider this when preparing your submission and be prepared to submit (separate from the 2-page proposal) discussion of any ethical issues from an international, multi-lab perspective.

Stage 1 screening will be conducted blind to authors’ identity by the PSA Rare Populations Working Group with proposals first screened for depth of theoretical advance as well as feasibility.

Stage 2:

If the 2-page proposal passes the first round, we will be requesting the proposers to write a more detailed proposal with an introduction and methods section in a format that can be submitted as a Registered Report to a major journal [e.g. here].

This longer proposal more fully details the theoretical contributions and methods of the study. Importantly, this should also discuss the specific ethical issues of studying the particular rare population of interest. Potential harms and protocols to mitigate these harms should be discussed. 

Review of Stage 2 Proposals will be conducted blind to the authors’ identity, and will be done by the PSA Rare Populations Working Group and content experts. 

Timeline 

Deadline for the 2-page proposal: April 15, 2022 
Announcement for successful proposals: May 6, 2022 
Deadline for the detailed proposal: June 10, 2022 
Announcement for any selected proposal: July 7, 2022 

Initial 2-page proposal with supplemental steps should be submitted using this Google form here.

For general inquiries, email John Protzko (protzko@gmail.com) with the Subject Line: PSA:RP Question.

Launching PSA-Affiliated Projects

Today, the PSA is launching a pilot of a new stream of activity called “PSA-affiliated projects”. 

Due to resource and infrastructure constraints, the PSA is limited in the number of projects it can officially support. Nonetheless, members of the PSA often self-organize to create initiatives and collaborations that are not “officially” supported by the PSA, but are nonetheless guided by PSA principles and policies. The goal for the PSA-affiliated project line is to develop a formal mechanism for recognizing, promoting, and supporting these types of activities.

Official policies and infrastructure will be developed along the way, but PSA-affiliated projects will be expected to follow three rules:

1. Be led by at least one member of the PSA who has agreed to abide by the PSA Code of Conduct.

2. Follow the five PSA Core Principles (or transparently articulate why those principles are not followed).

3. Provide annual updates on how PSA core principles are being upheld (until the project is completed).

To pilot this initiative, we will start with one project: “The Preference-Matching Project: Testing the Predictive Validity of Ideal Partner Preference-Matching Across Cultures”, led by Paul Eastwick, Jehan Sparks, Eli J. Finkel, & Eva M. Meza. This project provides a unique opportunity to test the PSA-affiliated initiative because it was originally accepted with minor revisions by the PSA Study Selection Committee–but placed on a waitlist due to PSA resource constraints. PSA committees will not offer direct support to this project, but we suspect that many members of the PSA would be interested in contributing.

See the following links for a manuscript draft and recruitment flyer.

If members of the PSA seem interested in more of these types of initiatives, we will consider expanding this program in the future!

News from the Accelerator- January 2022

QUICK READ: 

  • Job recruitment has begun for three positions!(Research Scientist, a Post-doctoral Researcher, and a Research Coordinator) 
  • PSA-008 Minimal and Real Group Biases is now official! For those interested in learning more or joining the project, please fill out this survey before February 15th! 

Study updates:

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): The lead team has received extensive feedback on our Stage 2 Registered Report submission from Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. The lead team is currently working on a strategy to address this feedback.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team has completed initial data analyses and is working on drafting a manuscript describing the results. 
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. Collaborators can expect the authorship survey in their inbox soon. 
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): PSA-005 data collection will continue to collect data as we enter into another academic semester. 
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The manuscript has received an acceptance with minor revisions from Nature Human Behavior. 
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): The team recently submitted the registered report to Nature Human Behavior, and is waiting to hear back about the manuscript’s status. The admin team is additionally working on getting the experiment finalized in lab.js while awaiting updates on the registered report submission. The project team will be sending out updates in the near future regarding ways to contribute to the current project. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator, or want to learn more about 007 please e-mail 007spaml@gmail.com.
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/003)- 
    • PSACR-001 is working on revising the manuscript at Affective Science.
    • PSACR-003- The lead author team is working on resolving a difficult conflict between PSA policy and PNAS policy regarding authorship. Authors of this paper were asked about their preference between a few options, and the lead author team is working to find a consensus decision or other way forward.

(Officially) Announcing PSA 008: Minimal and Real Group Biases!

Project Overview

The minimal group effect occurs when random assignment to experimentally created and otherwise meaningless social groups is sufficient to create ingroup preference. PSA 008 will examine the cultural prevalence of the minimal group effect and compare bias in favor of minimal group members to ingroup biases based on real groups (i.e., those favoring family and national group members).

Interested in learning more and (maybe) joining the project? Fill out this survey

The lead team has created an interest survey to gather information about potential data collection sites and create a contact email list. Please complete the survey by February 15 so we can include an estimated number of sites by location in our Stage 1 Registered Report (to be submitted in March). 

John Templeton Foundation Hiring Update

Christopher Chartier has begun the search to hire three full time positions funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The three positions include a Research Scientist, a Post-doctoral Researcher, and a Research Coordinator that will work with the PSA and Chris on a three year project.

All positions will begin on July 1, 2022 on a 1-year contract with the potential to renew for up to two additional years through the end of the project on June 30, 2025 and will report directly to me! You can read more about the project here (credit to @CharlieEbersole for leading the grant writing!): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S2h0CuBlN9V9TFus3qfmRAwKXkiMoyAf/edit

The job postings and description can be found below for all those interested. If you have questions feel free to slack, dm or email Chris.(cchartie@ashland.edu) 

Research Scientist

The Research Scientist will work closely with Chris and PSA leadership to supervise the four studies and conduct meta-scientific investigations of effect-generalizability and contributor predictions. A PhD in Psychology or a related field is required. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with large-scale multi-site collaborations.

https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?cmp=Ashland-University—Ashland,-OH&t=Research+Scientist&jk=c143333997a2447b&q=Ashland+University&vjs=3s=3

Post-doctoral Researcher 

The Post-doctoral Researcher will work closely with the Chris and PSA leadership as well as serve as a content expert in at least one of the areas of research represented in JTF’s strategic priorities. They will be responsible for working with and advising the lead researchers of the four selected projects on matters of study design and implementation. This position will give a junior researcher an excellent opportunity to refine their skills in areas of research related to JTF’s strategic priorities as well as the opportunity to take part in several high-profile research projects. A PhD in Psychology or a related field is required.

https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?cmp=Ashland-University—Ashland,-OH&t=Post+Doctoral+Researcher&jk=5547b4ff5de1e201&q=Ashland+University&vjs=3

Research Coordinator 

The Research Coordinator will work closely with Chris and PSA leadership to facilitate and monitor all aspects of the project, including communicating directly with all data collection laboratories, tracking and communicating progress on the 4 studies, and coordinating with all PSA committees to ensure efficient progress throughout the conduct and dissemination of the studies. This position is a Post-Bacc position. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills to effectively work with a large, complicated, and diverse group of researchers.

https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?cmp=Ashland-University—Ashland,-OH&t=Research+Coordinator&jk=2b8aa4a2d28de65e&q=Ashland+University&vj