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The Secret to Easy Theory

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By Kurt Gray

We all know Kurt Lewin’s aphorism “there is nothing so practical as a good theory.” Unfortunately there is a divide between knowing theory’s importance and knowing exactly how to do it.  How should one represent the structure of science—the nomological net of ideas? This post explores a new and simple way to depict theory: theory mapping.

Onward and Upward with Psychology

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By Alexander Danvers

The first ever meeting of the Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS)—even that name is uncertain—was radically different from a typical psychology conference. Attendees didn’t just learn about new research on how the scientific process can be improved, we worked for three days to try to immediately and tangibly improve psychological science.

The SAGE Model of Social Psychological Research

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Following the 2008 global economic crash, the Irish accepted harsh austerity as the national economy collapsed, only to protest in 2014 & 2015 during a stark economic recovery. This paradox raises many pertinent questions for social and cultural psychologists: why do some people not protest when others riot in the streets; how are culturally-salient narratives taken up by individuals in times of social change; under what conditions do people tolerate economic inequality and when does this tolerance give way?

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI September 22, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. We welcome suggestions for inclusion. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, email us, use the hashtag #SPSPblog, or tweet us directly @spspnews.