The psychology of political divisiveness

Can social psychologists explain why Trump is ruining my friendship? By Ron Berler A woman speaks on her cell phone. (Russell Underwood / Getty Images / Uppercut RF) You know a friendship is in trouble when you consult a social psychologist to help figure it out. Two days after President Trump reportedly made his remarks … Continue reading The psychology of political divisiveness


Collective narcissists and the vote for Brexit

Xenophobia found to be strong predictor for Brexit vote regardless of age, gender, or education by Maarten Rikken Last year, 52 percent of UK citizens voted in favor of Brexit, starting the country on a path to leave the EU. In a new study, researchers have found that xenophobia – the fear of other groups … Continue reading Collective narcissists and the vote for Brexit

Disillusionment prompt extreme positions

The Emotional Roots of Political Polarization New research argues feelings of disillusionment prompt people to take more extreme positions. Tom JacobsFeb 14, 2018 A Hillary Clinton supporter clashes with a Donald Trump supporter outside the White House on November 9th, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Andrew Biraj/AFP/Getty Images) Are you feeling disillusioned? Have your politics … Continue reading Disillusionment prompt extreme positions

The Mind of a Trumpian

Inside the Minds of Hardcore Trump Supporters New research finds the president's earliest and strongest followers embody a particularly belligerent strain of authoritarian thinking. Tom Jacobs Feb 15, 2018 About 700 people gathered at the Minnesota capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 4th, 2017, to show support for Donald Trump.(Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr) Given the meteoric rise … Continue reading The Mind of a Trumpian

Building a CERN for Psychological Science

Christopher R. Chartier

In response to the reproducibility crisis, some in the field have called for a “CERN for Psychology.” I believe the time is right for building just such a tool in psychology science by building on current efforts to increase the use of multi-site collaborations.

What would a CERN for Psych look like? It certainly would not be a massive, centralized facility housing multi-billion dollar equipment. It would instead be comprised of a distributed network of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of individual data collection laboratories around the world working collaboratively on shared projects. These projects would not just be replications efforts, but also tests of the most exciting and promising hypotheses in the field. With StudySwap, an online platform for research resource exchange, we have taken small steps to begin building this network.

Ideally, a CERN for Psych would also have a democratic and decentralized process for the selection of projects…

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