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The Digital Lab

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Internet-based technology is revolutionizing the way psychological scientists collect and analyze data, helping them to capture huge sample sizes and speed up analysis. In this 2015 edition of the Observer’s annual “March Methodology Madness” issue (borrowing from the nickname of the US college basketball tournament), we showcase a few ways that technology is advancing psychological research.

Measurement on the Move

Tamlin Conner, University of Otago, discusses her use of mobile-communications data to study emotions and health.

Big Data and the World of Social Media

johannes Eichstaedt, University of Pennsylvania, shares his experiences working with computer scientists and social-media services to study large populations.

Software to Sharpen Your Stats

Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, University of Amsterdam, and a global team of scientists introduce JASP, a free and open software package for Bayesian statistical analysis.

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