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As we cannot foresee the attractiveness of the three workshops (we believe they are all fantastic!), please indicate your rank order of the three workshops if you plan to participate. If too many people sign up for one workshop, we will randomly draw and assign the next choice.



 

There is Nothing more Practical than a Good Theory
Convener: Klaus Fiedler

The most important ingredient of excellent research is good theorizing. For psychological science to be enlightening and for empirical findings to be compelling, it is essential for psychology to overcome the stage of an empiricist discipline concerned with multiple significance tests of lottery-like unconnected hypotheses. It is essential to create and test hypotheses under strong theoretical constraints. The hypotheses tested in cumulative science are so deeply anchored in logical rules and well-established empirical laws that they cannot be disconfirmed by any set of data. Strong theorizing is immune to simple falsification.

The aim of this workshop is to illustrate the power of strong theorizing with reference to the wisdom of crowds – a theoretical notion that is deeply anchored in an uncontestable rule, namely, Bernoulli’s law of large numbers. Starting with a playful discussion of bad theorizing and research sins, the workshop will highlight the progress and the insights gained from a decade of research on the wisdom of crowds. In addition to a review of theoretical developments, participants will be confronted with conflicting results and will be engaged in active solutions of theoretical problems and in the derivation of new research ideas. It will be seen that real scientific progress takes place in the theoretician’s mind; progress is hardly ever brought about by statistical data analysis. Ideally, the workshop goal is to demonstrate that good theorizing is not a mystery; it can be trained and mobilized on demand.

Suggested literature:

  • Fiedler, K. (2017). What constitutes strong psychological science? The (neglected) role of diagnosticity and a priori theorizing. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 46-61.
  • Gigerenzer, G. (1998). Surrogates for theories. Theory & Psychology, 8, 195-204.
  • Herzog, S. M., & Hertwig, R. (2009). The wisdom of many in one mind: Improving individual judgments with dialectical bootstrapping. Psychological Science, 20, 231-237.
  • Surowiecki, J. (2005). The wisdom of crowds. Anchor.

A Practical Primer on Transparent Research Workflows
Conveners: Frederik Aust & Johannes Breuer

Psychological science is facing a crisis of confidence fueled by concerns about replicability of empirical findings (e.g., Open Science Collaboration, 2015). In response, psychologists have been reviewing how they do research and are leading many initiatives to improve replicability. A fundamental element is greater transparency and intersubjective verifiability: Researchers increasingly publish research materials, data and analysis scripts, publicly preregister their studies, and share and discuss preprints. The evolving open science ecosystem provides a variety of tools and services to help researchers adopt transparent research practices. However, setting up a transparent research workflow involves a plethora of decisions that can be off-putting. Fortunately, transparent research practices can be adopted piecemeal---each incremental step adds positive value for individual researchers and the credibility of psychological research. This active workshop will walk participants through the process of preparing and sharing their research products, including materials, data, analysis scripts, and study protocols. It will address what, when, and how to share and help participants develop transparent, less error-prone, and more reproducible research workflows.

Suggested literature:

  • Klein, O., Hardwicke, T. E., Aust, F., Breuer, J., Danielsson, H., Hofelich Mohr, A., IJzerman, H., Nilsonne, G., Vanpaemel, W., & Frank, M. C. (in press). A practical guide for transparency in psychological science. Collabra: Psychology. Retrieved from https://psyarxiv.com/rtygm/

Writing and Communicating with the General Public
Conveners: Matthew Baldwin, Jan Crusius, & Oliver Genschow

Most scientists will probably agree that psychological research can be of great interest to society, but is often inaccessible to the greater public. To aid social psychologists in reaching larger audiences, In-Mind Magazine organizes an ESCON workshop Writing and Communicating with the General Public. How can you communicate your findings effectively? This workshop aims to support psychological scientists in this endeavor. You will start writing a psychological manuscript of your choice – but for the public. Before the workshop, you should prepare a first draft of an abstract and the initial paragraphs of the manuscript. During the workshop, we will provide hands-on tips on how to spice up your writing and how to avoid frequent pitfalls. Afterwards, assistance to participants will be continued by In-Mind editors, resulting in a submission of the articles in the online journal In-Mind. To get an impression of the magazine, please take a look at www.in-mind.org. Arguably, more people than in any other peer-reviewed psychology journal will read your work!