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International efforts to protect the privacy of people participating in scientific studies have created considerable confusion among researchers, according to guest columnist Anthony E. Kelly, who says emerging regulations will add new complexities to data management and informed consent. ... More>
In the spirit of the “March Madness” college basketball tournament in the United States, the Observer pays its annual tribute to the latest innovations in psychological science methodology. This year, scientists share their experiences using social media, smartphones, open-source software, and other implements of the Internet age to broaden their data sets and speed up their analyses. ... More>
Tamlin Conner, University of Otago, discusses her use of mobile-communications data to study emotions and health. ... More>
University of Pennsylvania, shares his experiences working with computer scientists and social-media services to study large populations. ... More>
Although Internet-based surveys clearly have advantages, there are challenges to this mode of data collection. These challenges stem from the physical disconnection of the researcher and respondent, which is inherent to Internet-based survey methodology. ... More>