Speaker: Prof. Giner-Sorella (Kent)
Topic: Coordinating Reform in Psychology: Three Gaps and How to Fill Them
Over the past five years, reforms improving the openness and robustness of psychology have gained traction in important places, including a number of prestigious journals. However, progress is not uniform. I identify three areas in which coordination could be better:
1. Recognition of the 2016 American Statistical Association statement about conditions under which inferences from p-values should be made, including a repudiation of the bright-line p = .05 standard and wider consideration of context requiring complete reporting;
2. Enforcing post-publication data sharing for in-depth checking of support for an article's hypotheses;
3. Removing obstacles that prevent highly relevant research from gaining recognition. For all three of these challenges I argue that individual journals or prizes can only do so much. I recommend the intervention of academic societies to set new ethical standards for publishing and new norms to recognize relevant research.
Roger Giner-Sorolla is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. he received his doctorate at New York University, starting as an attitude researcher, and over the course of a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Virginia became more interested in specific emotions and moral psychology. His main interests include the emotions of anger, disgust, shame and guilt, and how they apply to fields such as intergroup relations, interpersonal communication, and moral decisions. Prof. Giner-Sorolla is also currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.