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Great Results in the Psych Lab—But Do They Hold Up in the Field?

How well do findings in the psychology lab generalize to real life? This criterion—“external validity”—is probably the most important for experimental psychology. So it was good news when, in 1999, Craig A. Anderson and his colleagues compared laboratory and field research on 38 topics in 21 meta-analyses (or analyses of numerous other studies), and found a lot of agreement between the results of the two. Greg Mitchell, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia School of Law, wanted to know if these findings hold up in a bigger sample—and whether there were differences among different kinds of psychological research. So, in a new paper published inPerspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Mitchell replicated the Anderson study with 217 lab-field comparisons from 82 meta-analyses, in such areas as industrial-organizational (I-O), social, consumer, and developmental psychology. ... More>


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Presidential Column: Reaching for Relevance

Twenty-five years ago, when I was in graduate school, my advisor received a phone call from a newspaper reporter. My advisor had just received a large grant from the National […]... More>


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When Research Findings and Social Norms Collide

There have been a good many discussions of the complicated and challenging inter- relationships between behavioral science research and social policy or program development, viewed from a variety of perspectives […]... More>


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Advancing Applied Psychology: KU Conference Focuses on Bringing Science to Society

On April 1 and 2, 2005, the department of applied behavioral science at the University of Kansas hosted a national conference, “Advancing Applied Behavioral Science in Psychology: Solving Societal Problems […]... More>