Methodology

Dating the Data

In current empirical psychological articles it is uncommon for the data collection to be dated. A typical experimental method section of a paper includes information about geographic location (e.g., “a large Midwestern university”), and the age, race/ethnic, and sex makeup of the sample. Whether the data were collected in 1979 More

In Appreciation: Lloyd G. Humphreys

Quintessential Scientist I met Lloyd Humphreys during the first week of a three-year post-doc (quantitative methods training program, University of Illinois, 1987-1990). Soon we began meeting regularly, and I came to appreciate Lloyd’s extraordinary, brilliant mind. His wide-ranging command of applied research, psychometrics, and the study of individual differences left More

Donald W. Fiske

This month’s column is a memorial to one of the field’s pioneering researchers in methodology, who happened to also be Susan Fiske’s father. He passed away after a long illness, and at press time, she and her family are coping with their loss. The Observer will feature remembrances from his More

On Self Reports

In Defense of Self Reports BY REBECCA NORWICK, Y. SUSAN CHOI, & TAL BEN-SHACHAR Special to the Observer It has been more than 20 years since the validity of self-report data was first seriously called into question. Back then, Nisbett and Wilson (1977) offered a critical examination of the many More