Last Friday, Fieke Wagemans became Dr. Wagemans after defending her dissertation entitled, “The good, the bad, and the gross: Disgust sensitivity and moral judgments”. Her dissertation tested how and why trait disgust sensitivity was associated with different types of moral judgments. This builds upon a long line of work showing that moral judgments are not always rational and considered, but instead also emerge and are shaped by our emotional reactions.
Interested in learning more? You can find her entire dissertation here and one of the chapters was already published in Emotion.
She also did a lot of other work during her PhD, such the effects of skin blemishes on trait impressions, the social side of shame, and a review of how to help political psychology create generalizable knowledge. Plus more in the pipeline. Congrats Fieke!
The Reproducibility Project: Psychology was published in 2015 and included replications of 100 studies in psychology. The data from this project is open and has been reanalyzed to further our understand of replication, statistics, and methodology in psychology and science more broadly.
This blog post aims to collect a list of articles/preprints/blog entries that have reanalyzed the data from the RPP. If any are missing, please send them to me. Continue reading “Reanalyses of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology”
This was cross-posted on Dan Kahan’s blog.
Ok. At this point, I think most people know that replications are important and necessary for science to proceed. This is what tells us if a finding is robust to different samples, different lab groups, and minor differences in procedure. If a finding is found, but never replicated is it really a finding? Most working scientists would say no (I hope).
But not all replications are created equal. What makes a convincing replication? A few years ago with a lot of help from collaborators we sat down to figure it out (at least for now; see the open access paper). A convincing replication is rigorously conducted by independent researchers, but there are also another 5 ingredients. Continue reading “Getting the Most Out of Replication Studies”
If there was any kind of standard operating procedure around here, I would say that I was going to do something a bit different today. Today, I’m going to “review” (i.e. organize my thoughts/ramble a bit) about Donald Kinder and Nathan Kalmoe’s book, Neither Liberal nor Conservative – Ideological Innocence in the American Public (publisher’s website). This book is well written, no longer than necessary, and easily digestible. If you are interested in belief systems, you should read it.
The basic idea of this book is in the title. Americans aren’t clearly ideological. They often don’t hold consistent opinions and often don’t endorse any particular ideological label. The meat of the book will be useful for social psychologists and political psychologists to read and digest as it provides a summary and update of some of the ideology literature and provides initial fodder for some interesting research questions. Continue reading “Book Review: Neither Liberal nor Conservative – Ideological Innocence in the American Public”
I’ve very happy and lucky to announce that I’ve been awarded an ERC Starter Grant to study belief systems as networks (relevant press releases here & here).
With this project, I’m trying to push (as in test and push conceptually) the idea that we can understand belief systems as systems. From this perspective, rather than modeling belief systems like latent variables, we should be modeling belief systems as networks of interconnected attitudes and values. This can help us understand the structure of belief systems, how they connect with personality, perceived threats, and prejudice, and connect work on belief systems with other types of dynamic systems.
This ERC grant will help me significantly advance this line of work by providing funding for new data, as well as funding to hire one post-doc (starting spring-to-mid 2018) and two PhD students. If you are interested in belief systems, networks, dynamic systems etc and interested in living in the Netherlands, get in touch!
A lot has been happening at the TBS Lab.
Mehmet Tunc joined us to work on a PhD project related to emotions and political decision-making. His first study looked at regret and disappointment in the recent UK election. Rabia Kodapanakkal will join us in September to work on a PhD project looking at the moral psychology of big data.
Several new papers are published, including a paper on predicting ideological prejudice. The rest can be found on the publications page. Two papers deserve extra highlighting.
- The paper by Nina Spälti who looks at the memory based processes that underly support for the status quo. In this paper, she looked at the incumbency advantage (where politicians in office are more likely to win an election) and found that memory queries earlier in the sequence were more likely to be favor of the incumbent and helped account for the incumbency advantage.
- The paper by Fieke Wagemans who looks at how disgust sensitivity is related to moral judgments. She finds that disgust sensitivity is most strongly associated with harsh moral judgements in the purity domain than in any of the other moral domains (e.g., harm/care, fairness etc). This provides support for theories that argue for unique moral modules and is inconsistent with theories that suggest that all morality has a common ingredient. Look out for some cool follow-ups to this paper (e.g., if you’ll be at ESCON in August…)!
I wrote an essay about our paper on openness for Aeon. The essay bridges our work on openness with debates over ideological diversity in universities.