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APS to Launch New Research Methodologies and Practices Journal

APS is launching a new journal to serve as the home for dissemination and discussion of new developments in research methodology and practices, and is seeking nominations for the Founding Editor of the forthcoming publication.

Advances in Methodologies and Practices in Psychological Science will publish new types of empirical work along with articles and tutorials on research practices, methods, and conduct. An explicit part of the journal’s mission is to encourage integration of methodological and analytical questions across multiple branches of psychological science. Other types of articles that the new journal aims to publish include large-scale studies using new and innovative methodologies, statistical techniques, and modeling; best-practices papers; multi-lab antagonistic collaborations designed to resolve a theoretical disagreement; multi-lab studies beyond the scope of single labs; and more. The journal also will become the new home of APS’s innovative Registered Replication Reports, currently published in Perspectives on Psychological Science.


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Early Attachment and Culture Affect Responses to Ostracism

This is a photo of a girl being ostracized by a group of people.Whether it’s on the playground as a child or in the office as an adult, we may find it difficult to be excluded from a group. Humans have an innate desire to belong to a social community, and because of this, ostracism is hurtful. In a recent study published in the European Journal of Personality, researchers Erez Yaakobi (Ono Academic College, Israel) and APS Fellow Kipling D. Williams (Purdue University) examined potential factors that influence emotional responses to ostracism.

Attachment theory is one model that explains how people react to separation and stress in social situations. This theory suggests that past relationships with socially important persons such as relatives and caregivers (called attachment figures), especially in early formative years, influence how we respond in relationship situations throughout our lives.…


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NIMH Seeks Comment on Adding Motor Systems to RDoC Matrix

The US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is asking the scientific research community for advice on adding Motor Systems as a new domain to the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying mental disorders. The RDoC initiative, launched in 2009, cuts across traditional diagnostic categories to identify relationships among observable behavior, neurobiological measures, and patient self-report of mental status.

The NIMH has recently launched a request for information (RFI) seeking advice on the addition of a new domain, Motor Systems, to the RDoC matrix. The focus of this latest effort will be on defining motor-related constructs relevant to the study of primary mental illnesses (as opposed to motor abnormalities found in neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease). Comments on adding Motor Systems to the RDoC can be submitted through November 3, 2016. Responses must be submitted electronically in the form…


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Improving Research Practices, From Beginning to End

This is a photo of a young man doing homework.Efforts to promote replication, preregistration, and new analytic approaches now represent just some of the advances psychological scientists have been making toward improving research practices in the field. With the recognition that long-accepted research practices have certain inherent problems comes the question: What now?

As the field tries to answer this question, the important mistake we must not make, says psychological scientist Alison Ledgerwood, is assuming that there will be an easy and obvious fix.

“The single most important lesson we can draw from our past in this respect is that we need to think more carefully and more deeply about our methods and our data,” Ledgerwood writes in her introduction to a…


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Spelke Awarded Heineken Prize

This is a photo of Elizabeth Spelke.APS William James Fellow Elizabeth S. Spelke of Harvard University, a leading psychological scientist and specialist on the cognitive development of infants, recently received the C. L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The $200,000 prize will support Spelke’s cognitive research. Her pioneering work has demonstrated the remarkable capacity of infants to predict movement and to understand characteristics of objects that could not be derived from their experience in the world. In the process of demonstrating these fundamentally important points about native knowledge, Spelke has developed techniques of studying infants’ beliefs that are far more probative than might have been imagined only a short time ago. Past recipients of the award include APS…


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