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The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology through a Distributed Collaborative Network.

Moshontz, Hannah and Campbell, Lorne and Ebersole, Charles R and IJzerman, Hans and Urry, Heather L and Forscher, Patrick S and Grahe, Jon E and McCarthy, Randy J and Musser, Erica D and Antfolk, Jan and Castille, Christopher M and Evans, Thomas Rhys and Fiedler, Susann and Flake, Jessica Kay and Forero, Diego A and Janssen, Steve MJ and Keene, Justin Robert and Protzko, John and Aczel, Balazs and Solas, Sara Álvarez and Ansari, Daniel and Awlia, Dana and Baskin, Ernest and Batres, Carlota and Borras-Guevara, Martha Lucia and Brick, Cameron and Chandel, Priyanka and Chatard, Armand and Chopik, William J and Clarance, David and Coles, Nicholas A and Corker, Katherine S and Dixson, Barnaby James Wyld and Dranseika, Vilius and Dunham, Yarrow and Fox, Nicholas W and Gardiner, Gwendolyn and Garrison, S Mason and Gill, Tripat and Hahn, Amanda C and Jaeger, Bastian and Kačmár, Pavol and Kaminski, Gwenaël and Kanske, Philipp and Kekecs, Zoltan and Kline, Melissa and Koehn, Monica A and Kujur, Pratibha and Levitan, Carmel A and Miller, Jeremy K and Okan, Ceylan and Olsen, Jerome and Oviedo-Trespalacios, Oscar and Özdoğru, Asil Ali and Pande, Babita and Parganiha, Arti and Parveen, Noorshama and Pfuhl, Gerit and Pradhan, Sraddha and Ropovik, Ivan and Rule, Nicholas O and Saunders, Blair and Schei, Vidar and Schmidt, Kathleen and Singh, Margaret Messiah and Sirota, Miroslav and Steltenpohl, Crystal N and Stieger, Stefan and Storage, Daniel and Sullivan, Gavin Brent and Szabelska, Anna and Tamnes, Christian K and Vadillo, Miguel A and Valentova, Jaroslava V and Vanpaemel, Wolf and Varella, Marco AC and Vergauwe, Evie and Verschoor, Mark and Vianello, Michelangelo and Voracek, Martin and Williams, Glenn P and Wilson, John Paul and Zickfeld, Janis H and Arnal, Jack D and Aydin, Burak and Chen, Sau-Chin and DeBruine, Lisa M and Fernandez, Ana Maria and Horstmann, Kai T and Isager, Peder M and Jones, Benedict and Kapucu, Aycan and Lin, Hause and Mensink, Michael C and Navarrete, Gorka and Silan, Miguel A and Chartier, Christopher R (2018) 'The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology through a Distributed Collaborative Network.' Adv Methods Pract Psychol Sci, 1 (4). 501 - 515. ISSN 2515-2467

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Abstract

Concerns have been growing about the veracity of psychological research. Many findings in psychological science are based on studies with insufficient statistical power and nonrepresentative samples, or may otherwise be limited to specific, ungeneralizable settings or populations. Crowdsourced research, a type of large-scale collaboration in which one or more research projects are conducted across multiple lab sites, offers a pragmatic solution to these and other current methodological challenges. The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) is a distributed network of laboratories designed to enable and support crowdsourced research projects. These projects can focus on novel research questions, or attempt to replicate prior research, in large, diverse samples. The PSA's mission is to accelerate the accumulation of reliable and generalizable evidence in psychological science. Here, we describe the background, structure, principles, procedures, benefits, and challenges of the PSA. In contrast to other crowdsourced research networks, the PSA is ongoing (as opposed to time-limited), efficient (in terms of re-using structures and principles for different projects), decentralized, diverse (in terms of participants and researchers), and inclusive (of proposals, contributions, and other relevant input from anyone inside or outside of the network). The PSA and other approaches to crowdsourced psychological science will advance our understanding of mental processes and behaviors by enabling rigorous research and systematically examining its generalizability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological Science Accelerator, crowdsourcing, generalizability, large-scale collaboration, theory development
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 13:42
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2019 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22717

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