News from the Accelerator- April 2022

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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 the authorship order and authorship credit tracking. All collaborators were sent the revised manuscript to review by May 8th and an invitation to canvas to fill out the authorship form. If you have not received this invitation, please email Savannah Lewis.
    • PSA-005 (Stereotype Threat): Data collection continues through the summer and fall. As of May 02, the team has collected 797 participants across 32 sites!
    • PSA-006 (Trolley Problem): The manuscript has final acceptance at Nature Human Behaviour. You can now access the full printed manuscript! 
    • PSA-007 (SPAM-L): The admin team is continually working on coding the experiment in lab.js, piloting the experiment, and setting up the system for material translations. The admin team is also pursuing funding opportunities that will allow for the recruitment of additional languages. The project team will be sending out updates in the near future regarding ways to collect data for this project. If you are interested in becoming a collaborator or want to learn more about 007, please email the lead team.
    • PSA-008 (Minimal Groups): The lead team is continuing to finalize their registered report manuscript for submission to Nature Human Behaviour. Onboarding information for those who have filled out the interest survey will be sent out soon; potential collaborators can still express interest in the project (here)
    • PSA-COVID Rapid Bundle (001/003)- 
      • The PSACR-001 lead team has now resubmitted the manuscript to Affective Science.
      • PSACR-003 has been accepted at PNAS. The lead team is currently waiting on paper proofs. PNAS confirmed they will write a letter confirming everyone in the group’s name is a full author. To receive this letter, please email Emma Shumeyko.

Special Call for Studies – Studying Generalizability with Global Samples

The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA), supported by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), welcomes study proposals to test the generalizability of phenomena related to JTF strategic priorities with large, global samples.

To be eligible for this call, projects must investigate questions related to one or more of the strategic priorities of JTF: the dynamics of religious change, intellectual humility, religious cognition, the science of character virtue, and health, religion, and spirituality. 

Projects selected through this special call will be advertised to members of the PSA network in collaboration with the proposing authors. Each study will be supported by $40,000 of direct funding for data collection. The proposing author teams will also be collectively supported by 3 full-time scientific staff members (a Research Coordinator, a Postdoctoral Researcher, and a Research Scientist), an additional ⅓ time senior staff member (Dr. Christopher R. Chartier), a ½ time staff member equivalent team of undergraduate research assistants, several members of PSA committees (at their discretion), and members of the network at large (at their discretion).

Selection Process and Timeline

Submission deadline:  July 20, 2022.
Initial feasibility and quality review: July 20- July 27, 2022.
Reviewer selection: July 27- August 3, 2022.
Network rating solicitation: August 3, 2022.
Review submission deadline: August 17, 2022.
Network rating deadline: August 17, 2022
Study selection decision deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Please use this form to submit your proposal.

For pre-submission inquiries, please email Chris Chartier at cchartie@ashland.edu. He is happy to meet with proposing authors and/or answer questions about what is likely to make for a strong submission. To learn more information about submission details and formatting, please visit the official call.

News from the Accelerator- March 2022

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  • 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

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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!

News from the Accelerator- July 2021

PSACON

Registration and presentation submissions are open for the second annual virtual PSACON! 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! 

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 the 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! 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. 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 has been submitted to Science Advances.
    • PSACR002 has reviewed proofs! We are not sure when this will be officially published, but hopefully, it will show up online soon.
    • PSACR003 received a revise and resubmit from PNAS. The team expects to send out the revised manuscript with a draft author list, the revision letter, and the reviews to collaborators in the first week of August.

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 will be starting to add in every member in the next couple of months. At this moment, there isn’t anything you will need to do as of right now.

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: 007spaml@gmail.com
    • 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) 

PSACON2021

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 (MiguelSilan@gmail.com) or Maximilian Primbs (maximilian.primbs@gmx.de). 

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.

NEW MEMBERS!!

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.