Psi Chi is at the cutting edge of psychological research! Announcements have appeared this fall in Psi Chi’s email Digests and VP letters about participating in replication and collaboration studies. If you did not take advantage of these research opportunities it’s not too late to be a part of something big!
How big is it? The Association for Psychological Science (APS) recently devoted an entire journal issue to replication studies. APS President Alan Kraut wrote in a recent email to APS members that "…the November issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science is dedicated entirely to the topics of replicability and research practices. What you may not know is that we’ve made the entire issue freely available—to everyone, APS member or not—in order to engage as many people as possible in the discussion of these important issues” (Kraut, 2012).
Included in this special issue is an article by Psi Chi’s Western region Vice-President, Jon Grahe, and his colleagues entitled Harnessing the Undiscovered Resource of Student Research Projects. In the article the authors advocate using the many research projects conducted by psychology students in research methods courses every year in order to collaborate with one another in collecting larger data sets and producing meaningful, publishable results.
There are currently two opportunities supported by Psi Chi that allow members to participate in large-scale research projects. One is an opportunity to assist with replicating psychological studies, and the other is an opportunity to contribute to data collection through a joint Psi Chi/Psi Beta collaborative National Research Project.
a. What: Psi Chi has partnered with the Open Science Framework (OSF) in a large-scale, highprofile, collaborative research project called the Reproducibility Project. This project will attempt to reproduce the 2008 studies published in three journals: Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Memory, Cognition, and Perception. Regardless of the results, understanding reproducibility will improve confidence in scientific methodology and findings. Those who participate will be included in the Reproducibility Project’s final report, and team members who make substantive contributions to the replication will be included as coauthors on this publicized project. For full information and reviews on the project, go to www.psichi.org/pdf/PsiChiProjectOSC.pdf. The OSF has developed protocols and stages for interested researchers to follow so that there is guidance on what is needed in order to be included in the final data and for authorship.
b. Who: Psi Chi chapters, research methods classes, and individuals with a faculty or graduate student mentor.
c. When: There is no deadline for participation at this time.
d. Research Topics: Pick from a list of topics provided by the OSF based on articles that appeared in the 2008 issues of the three journals mentioned above.
a. What: The International Situations Project is a crosscultural research project that aims to explore the situations people experience and how they handle them. Currently, researchers from nations around the world are contributing samples. The principal investigators are asking Psi Chi and Psi Beta chapters to contribute samples from across the United States. The 45-minute Internet task asks participants to describe a situation, and complete two Q-Sorts measuring both situations (RSQ) and personality (RBQ). Contributing researchers will have access to the combined data sets and will be acknowledged as contributors on David Funder’s University of California, Riverside website.
b. Who: Psi Chi chapters, Psi Beta chapters, research methods classes, and individuals may contribute as participants, research collaborators, or both.
c. When: Each Psi Chi chapter may apply to participate by emailing Psi Chi Western Regional Vice-President Jon Grahe at
Note: There are deadlines for Psi Beta chapters.
d. Research Topic 2012–13: For the 2012–13 academic year the research topic is the International Situations Project. The study employs a clever way to assess the nature of everyday situations and their corresponding behaviors in the United States and cross-culturally. Results will help quantify the experience of real-life situations across cultures using the Riverside Situational Q-sort (RSQ; Sherman, Nave, & Funder, 2010). For details go to this site: http://psibeta.org/site/announcing-psi-beta-nationalresearch- project-2012-2013
e. Research Topic 2013–14: Next year’s research question will be selected by Psi Beta board members and approved by Psi Chi board members for participation of Psi Chi chapters.
- Reproducibility Project
- In Partnership With Psi Chi—the Psi Beta National Research Project for 2012–13.
There is still time to participate in both of these projects this academic year, and Dr. Grahe is willing to assist anyone trying to navigate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or other requirements. Contact him at
Grahe, J. E., Reifman, A., Hermann, A. D., Walker, M., Oleson, K. C., Nario-Redmond, M., & Wiebe, R. P. (2012). Harnessing the undiscovered resource of student research projects. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 605-607. doi:10.1177/1745691612459057
Kraut, A. (November, 2012). Email to APS members
Sherman, R. A., Nave, C. S., & Funder, D. C. (2010). Situational similarity and personality predict behavioral consistency. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 330–343.