Psychology News Round-Up (July 4th)
By Eric Horowitz
In case you missed it, a little website called Facebook reported some research that caused quite a stir. First, here’s the study itself. And here are some of the early news write-ups that brought publicity to the study and, depending on your view, highlighted an important issue or stoked an overblown controversy (Slate, Atlantic, New Scientist, Animal, AV Club).
The study produced a fast and furious response, including the items below.
- Adam Kramer, one of the study’s authors, discusses the study in a Facebook post.
- A “statement of concern” released by PNAS.
- An interview with Susan Fiske, who edited the paper for PNAS.
- Cornell’s statement on the IRB process.
- Tal Yarkoni (@talyarkoni) on why, if there is problem with what Facebook does, it’s probably not this specific study (Part I, Part II).
- Thomas Leeper (@thosjleeper) provides a detailed summary of the ethical issues relevant to the study, and Chris Chambers (@chrisdc77) discusses whether the study was an ethical breach.
- Michelle Meyer (@MichelleNMeyer) has a rundown on “human subject research” and the ever-changed definition of “minimal risk.”
- Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) on whether Facebook actually manipulated emotions, and John Grohol with some similar thoughts on the study’s methodological shortcomings.
Some ironies in the 'replication crisis' in social psychology (1st installment) http://t.co/OEDnfO48Oh via @mayoerrorstat— Brian D. Earp (@briandavidearp) July 1, 2014
Useful research for #WorldCup: shooting penalty kicks first puts pressure on opponents, increases chances of winning http://t.co/K6181ju89k — Salvo Nunnari (@snunnari) June 29, 2014
700 hits on yesterday's blog post about probabilities. It's a lot, but makes sense given how important the topic is: http://t.co/PIiy7rySBw— Daniël Lakens (@lakens) June 28, 2014
"Many [people] preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts" http://t.co/1UtE8QXgxV— Elliot Berkman (@Psychologician) July 3, 2014
How to get the most social animal on our planet to save for retirement. (Hint: Want to know what I've saved?) http://t.co/I9ZWCtBQ5j— Daniel Gilbert (@DanTGilbert) June 28, 2014
The psychology of deception in online covert operations: analysis of a Snowden leak http://t.co/0OqZ0KF6bz— Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell) June 28, 2014
Challenge for researchers: Tweet the "elevator pitch" version of your research program - like a one-tweet research proposal. #1tweetresearch— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) July 2, 2014
If you'd like your social and personality psychology-related tweets shared in the SPSP blog weekly round-up just add the hashtag #SPSPblog— Dave Nussbaum (@davenuss79) April 24, 2014