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

News from the Accelerator- October/November 2021

QUICK READ: 

  • PSACON2021 Videos are now uploaded on our YouTube page and will soon be on the website.
  • PSA 006 (Trolley Problem) has been accepted with minor revisions!

Elections

Thank you to everybody who nominated PSA members for Assistant Director positions. We are pleased to announce that Hans IJzerman and David Vaidis have been elected to serve as the Assistant Directors of the Funding and Project Monitoring committees respectively.

Study updates:

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): The lead team has submitted the Stage II manuscript to Psychonomic Bulletin & Review and is still awaiting feedback.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team has completed initial data analyses and is working on drafting a manuscript to send to collaborators for feedback.
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. The lead team expects to have a revised draft available for full team review/approval at the end of January.
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): PSA-005 data collection officially launched a month ago! As of right now, we have collected 393 participants! The lead team sends their thanks to everybody who helped with piloting the study.
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The manuscript has received an acceptance with minor revisions from Nature Human Behavior
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): The lead team is recruiting data collection collaborators. Interested people can now get added to canvas, view the current version of the registered report, and begin working on their institution’s necessary ethical documentation to collect data. Data collection timing will depend on the registered report process, translation, and coding. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about 007 please email 007spaml@gmail.com
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003)- 
    • PSACR-001 received a R&R at Affective Science. The lead team plans to solicit feedback from the full author group in the coming weeks.
    • PSACR-002 is now published in Nature Human Behaviour.
    • PSACR-003 received another favorable R&R from PNAS. The lead team is working on revisions and will soon update collaborators.

PSACON

PSACON was a blast. We had 254 people register to attend from 50 different geographical regions. A big thank you to all who presented, moderated, organized, attended, and sponsored seats to make this year’s conference a success. The PSACON videos have now been uploaded to our YouTube page and will be posted to the website soon. Please also make sure to fill out this feedback survey so we can make next year’s conference even better. 

Canvas

Everyone with a PSA account has now been added to the new membership site on Canvas. Make sure to log on to update your affiliations and to join projects. 

News from the Accelerator- September 2021

Elections

The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) is accepting self-nominations for Assistant Directors of our Project Monitoring, Data & Methods, Study Selection, and Funding Committees! Assistant Directors directly shape the direction of the PSA any many ways, including (a) helping establish committee-specific vision plans to help the PSA achieve its mission and adhere to its core principles, (b) overseeing day-to-day committee-specific operations, and (c) providing regular updates to the PSA Director and Associate Directors about progress and problems. They are elected by majority vote by the PSA Board of Directors and serve 3 year terms. All who are interested are encouraged to apply here: https://forms.gle/ZNyhZCz4GenazbYG6

Study updates:

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): The lead team has submitted the manuscript to PBR and is now awaiting feedback.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team is finalizing translation and preparing for data analysis. Thanks to all who reached out following the last newsletter’s request for help with translation!
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. They are also looking for people to code open-ended responses for Chinese, Russian, and Greek. Contact Savannah to help with coding (slewis16@ashland.edu).
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): Data collection will resume on October 11, 2021. The lead team has created a checklist on Canvas to guide labs in preparations for data collection. Each collaborator should have been added to the Canvas course. If you have not please email psa005stero@gmail.com!
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The lead team has submitted the Stage II submission to Nature Human Behavior.
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): SPAML is still recruiting collaborators, with contribution opportunities available through the Words2Many and Subs2Strudel pre-projects. The lead team has begun the first rounds of the registered report and will soon be sending these out to contributors for feedback. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about 007 please email 007spaml@gmail.com
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/002/003)- 
    • PSACR001 (Loss Gain) has been submitted to Affective Science.
    • PSACR002 (Cognitive Reappraisal) has been published in Nature Human Behavior.
    • PSACR003 (Self Determination) was resubmitted to PNAS.

PSACON

Today is the last day to submit a presentation to the second annual PSA CON!! October 27th is the deadline for registration. See you all there!

Canvas

The PSA is slowly integrating our new membership website to Canvas. We will be starting to add in every member in the next couple of months. Be sure to check your inbox for your invitation.

News from the Accelerator- August 2021

Quick read: 

  • The PSACR-002 Cognitive Reappraisal project is now published in Nature Human Behaviour
  • The PSA virtual conference is still accepting presentation submissions and registration is still open! 
  • The PSA membership website is moving to Canvas. Each member will get an email soon with instructions regarding next steps.  

Study updates:

  • PSA-002 (Object Orientation): PSA-002 got a lot of great feedback on the Stage 2 manuscript from collaborators. The lead team is working through the feedback and plans to send collaborators an updated manuscript for additional feedback very soon.
  • PSA-003 (Gendered Prejudice): The lead team is currently in the process of translating the open-ended participant responses. Several languages have completed the translation process, and the lead team is soliciting volunteers for the remaining languages (Portuguese, Polish and Chinese).
  • PSA-004 (Accelerated CREP): The lead team is currently working on data processing, data analysis, and authorship credit tracking. 
  • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): The lead team anticipates starting in-person data collection on Monday, October 11, 2021. The team will also be recruiting new collaborators until Friday, September 3, 2021. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about 005 please email psa005stero@gmail.com.
  • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The lead team has submitted the Stage II submission to Nature Human Behaviour and is waiting for feedback.
  • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): SPAM-L is still recruiting collaborators for the Words2Many and Subs2Strudel pre-projects. SPAM-L admin team is also working on putting together IRB documents (if necessary), and the lead team is working on drafting a  Registered Report. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about PSA-007, please email 007spaml@gmail.com
  • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle- 
    • PSACR-001 (Loss Gain) has been submitted to Affective Science.
    • PSACR-002 (Cognitive Reappraisal) is published in Nature Human Behavior.
    • PSACR-003 (Self-Determination) is incorporating coauthor feedback in preparation for a resubmission to PNAS.

Canvas

The PSA is slowly integrating our new membership website to Canvas. Canvas is designed for teaching, so many of the terms online are focused on teaching – but we plan to explore Canvas as a project management tool. We have officially added every PSA member to the system. You should get an email in the next couple of weeks saying you have been added to our PSA membership course. You should also receive an email containing a guide for how to navigate this new membership website

PSA Virtual Conference (PSACON)

This year’s conference will take place on Oct 28th, 29th and 30th from 7:00 to 19:00 UTC. You can now see our drafted schedule and booklet to see some of our exciting presentations. If you have not already, you can register and submit a presentation for the second annual virtual PSA CON! This year’s conference looks like it will be very exciting, and we have thus far been able to accommodate all members who have requested free access to the conference. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Open Science SEA

The PSA is partnering with the Advancing Science in Southeast Asia Web Conference 2021! The conference will be held virtually on October 29, 2021, and you can still register at http://sciencesea2021.com