Human societies are not static—a truism with some dramatic examples of psychological change in the last 20 months. How can social/personality scientists capitalize on the dynamic nature of human psychology? How can we shift from a science of (post-hoc) explanations and local ethnographies to a science of predictive modelling of psychological change?

In this Free-Form Friday session we reflect on the benefits of predictions and explanations, predictive methods in social and behavioral sciences, and ponder the question whether the time is ripe for an area of predictive behavioral science. 

Host: Igor Grossman, University of Waterloo