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A Commitment to Replicability: An Interview with the Editor of Psychological Science


D. Stephen Lindsay

The Association for Psychological Science is committed to publishing cutting-edge research of broad interest in its journals. But it also aims to publish empirical work built on strong and sound research practices.

This week, Psychological Science Interim Editor D. Stephen Lindsay published an editorial confirming the journal’s commitment to replicability and encouraging practices that increase the likelihood that studies can be reproduced by other researchers following the same method.

The Observer asked Lindsay for his thoughts about replicability in psychological science.

Does the interestingness of a given study come at the cost of replicability?

No – there are all sorts of fascinating psychological phenomena that are not only replicable but robust. An example that comes easily to mind (!) is the availability heuristic, in which ideas that are fluently generated mentally are judged to…


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Teaching Ethics to Undergraduate Psychology Students

This project was supported by the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, which invites applications for nonrenewable grants of up to $5,000 to launch new, educational projects in psychological science. Proposals are due March 1 and October 1.

Ana Ruiz and Judith Warchal of Alvernia University received a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science to create a resource for incorporating ethics into the undergraduate psychology curriculum. Teaching Ethics to Undergraduate Psychology Students (TEUPS) is the resulting website that provides a centralized location for educators looking for activities, articles, books, associations, videos, lectures, awards, and other resources that are related to teaching ethics. The website is based on ideas Ruiz presented in a Teaching Tips article published…


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Inside the Psychologist’s Studio: Steven Pinker


Steven Pinker is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential scientific scholars. His work has spanned visual cognition, children’s language development, the neural bases of words and grammar, and the psychology of cooperation and communication. And in a new installment of Inside the Psychologist’s Studio, Pinker reflects on his storied career in psychological science. The interview with psychiatrist and author Sally Satel was recorded live at the 2015 APS Annual Convention in New York City.


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Psych Majors Hash(tag) It Out on Twitter

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently criticized psychology majors with an offhand remark during a South Carolina town hall series: “Hey, that psych major deal, that philosophy major thing, that’s great, it’s important to have liberal arts … but realize, you’re going to be working at Chick-fil-A.”

Bush has been trying to capture the interest of college voters during his campaign, and while this may not have been the exact response he anticipated, college students are definitely paying attention.

Here is just a glimpse of the meaningful work being completed by psychology majors:

View more #ThisPsychMajor tweets.


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Brains of Congenitally Deaf Reveal Plasticity of Auditory Cortex

The human brain, when deprived of certain input for a period of time, shows a great deal of plasticity, reorganizing itself to more effectively process the input that it does receive. Research has shown, for example, that people who are born blind are often more sensitive to differences in auditory pitch and touch than people who are sighted. Similarly, studies have shown that individuals who are born deaf may be better at detecting motion and seeing in their periphery than those who can hear.

A new neuroimaging study led by psychological scientist Jorge Almeida of the University of Coimbra, Portugal shows that, in people who are born deaf, the auditory cortex processes information about the visual properties of stimuli.

The research was conducted by an international team of researchers from the University of Coimbra, Beijing Normal University, Peking University, the University of Minho, and the University of Rochester.…


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