On the Verge of Acceleration: The PSA has Received its First Submissions

The Psychological Science Accelerator received 7 very interesting submissions in response to our first call for studies. Submissions will be reviewed blind, and proposing researchers will remain confidential. So, while they are nameless for now, I am extremely grateful that these 7 teams were willing to take the brave step of submitting their ideas to this new and unproven project. A few facts and figures regarding submissions jumped out to me, and demonstrate some of the promising elements of this initiative:

  • Submissions came from 6 different countries on 3 continents
  • The career stage of the researchers spanned well-established senior faculty to graduate students
  • Desired N ranged from 300 to 6,000
  • The studies seek to investigate a variety of social psychological, cognitive psychological, methodological, and meta-scientific questions
  • Some are novel, some are replications, and some look to extend published findings across cultures
  • All have provided solid justifications for large-scale data collection across many sites

Our Study Selection Committee now has the exciting (but also slightly unenviable) task of evaluating these submissions based on their feasibility and merit. In three weeks we hope to have a set of approved studies for labs in our distributed network to join. If you would like to contribute to our decision making process, or the PSA more generally, please sign up at the link below, or email me at cchartie@ashland.edu.

Recruiting Additional Labs

It is quite possible we decide that data collection for many or all of the submissions would be both feasible and would make a substantial contribution to the field. With that in mind, we are still actively recruiting additional labs, for 2018 and beyond. If you would like to join us, please sign up here. While 165 labs have joined our network, not all can commit to data collection in 2018, and expansion of the network’s data collection capacity will directly impact the number of studies we can conduct and the magnitude and quality of our contributions to psychological science.

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The Psychological Science Accelerator. Rapid Progress. More Help Needed.

The Psychological Science Accelerator is rapidly expanding! We now have 160 labs on 6 continents (come on, Antarctica!) signed up for the distributed laboratory network. I believe we are building the necessary collective expertise and data collection capacity to achieve our goal of accelerating the accumulation of evidence in psychological science.

Check out this cool interactive map of the network. You can zoom in and click on all sites to see the institutions for each lab involved. My research assistants are still populating it (it’s hard to keep up with all the sign-ups!) so it will continue to expand and evolve.

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Introducing the Interim Leadership Team

I am extremely excited to announce our ILT. This group of researchers has been extremely engaged in the PSA since it was little more than a general idea of mine. They have already made substantial contributions to this project, and I’m thrilled that they will be leading the charge as we clarify and formalize the principles and processes underlying the PSA.

Sau-Chin Chen, Tzu-Chi University
Lisa DeBruine, University of Glasgow
Charlie Ebersole, University of Virginia
Hans IJzerman, Université Grenoble Alpes
Steve Janssen, University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus
Melissa Kline, MIT
Darko Lončarić, University of Rijeka
Heather Urry, Tufts University

The PSA Needs Your Study Submissions

We need researchers to submit their study ideas to the PSA (replication or novel)! We have received a considerable number of “pre-submission inquiries” but no concrete submissions thus far. The due date is fast approaching (October 11th). Please see our call for studies documents here and here and submit your ideas. We want to direct the network’s resources towards the best possible research questions in 2018 and beyond.

We Need Your Lab in the Network

We will always actively recruit additional labs. The power of this project will be in the breadth of the network. Please either email me (cchartie@ashland.edu) or provide your info here to join us.

We Need Your Input

Our team is currently making decisions on many important issues that will shape the direction of the PSA. We want as big and as diverse a discussion as possible. Please join us even if you cannot commit to collecting data in 2018. All meaningful contributions are welcomed and appreciated! Debates are currently happening (via very fun and active google docs) on the following topics:

-The study selection/voting process
-Defining criteria for authorship (and author order) on resulting manuscripts
-Adoption (or not) of open science recommendations/requirements
-Translation of materials
-IRB/Ethics approval
-Data analytic strategies
-Measurement validity
-Publication outlets
-Dreams and wild ideas for the PSA!

Please join us and help shape the future of the Psychological Science Accelerator!

Dr. Christopher R. Chartier
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ashland University International Collaboration Research Center