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Advice for Field Research From Stephen Colbert

OK, so maybe Stephen Colbert wrote this list of tips for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart interviewers working on field pieces and not people like me who are doing field research for less entertaining purposes. No big deal. I read this list of advice in The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History and knew it was just as useful for my type of research as it is for theirs. This is great advice for developing a rapport with someone, getting good information, and bringing a conversation back to a point. So without further ado: Continue reading Advice for Field Research From Stephen Colbert

Replication, Validity, and the File Drawer Problem in Psychological Research

Replication, Validity, and the File DrawerLike many psychologists, I was dismayed to see the results of a recent study that attempted to replicate 100 different psychology studies, and managed to support the results in only 36% of cases. The inferential statistical analyses used to make sense of the results of psychology studies are intended to sift through patterns and separate the reliable ones–the ones that aren’t just blips in the data, that are strong enough that they probably represent some real phenomenon–from the spurious. Clearly, in many cases, they are failing. Continue reading Replication, Validity, and the File Drawer Problem in Psychological Research

Research Methods Matter: The Case of Coffee and Productivity

Research Methods MatterAs an undergraduate studying psychology, I dreaded my required research methods classes. Years later as a graduate student instructor, I saw the same lack of enthusiasm in my own students. That’s right, I opted to teach research methods. At some point as I became a better researcher and scientist, it became clear how important research methods are and how interesting they can be. Continue reading Research Methods Matter: The Case of Coffee and Productivity