Department adopts an Open Science Practices policy

Effective as of March 22, 2018, the SMU Psychology Department has adopted an open science practices policy. The faculty voted unanimously in favor of it.

The policy reads:

The faculty in the psychology department subscribe to the core values of our discipline, including research transparency, open sharing, and reproducibility. We also strive to use and to instruct our students in the best research practices. In order to manifest those values and the best practices in our work, the department encourages all faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates, whenever possible, to engage in what is known as open science practices and employ an online platform such the Open Science Framework (osf.io) or ClinicalTrials.gov.

Specifically, at a minimum, the department recommends that all investigators preregister their studies on an online platform prior to beginning their investigations. The preregistration consists of uploading a document that describes the planned study’s research design, hypotheses, research materials, and statistical analyses. Beyond preregistration, investigators should consider data sharing as well as other benefits of the platforms, such as uploading and sharing preprints.

The department recognizes that it may not always be feasible to preregister all aspects of a study and/or openly share the data. Consequently, investigators are encouraged to engage in open science practices insofar as it is feasible, including preregistering, sharing data, and making analysis scripts available.

This policy is voluntary but it reflects current best practices in our discipline and thus it is highly recommended. Departmental members will not be monitored for adherence nor will there be any department-imposed consequences if investigators do not follow this policy. However, adopting the policy will be viewed very favorably by the chair and faculty members’ efforts to adhere to the policy will be recognized in their annual reviews.

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Donate to help fund undergraduate research projects

March 8 is the Mustangs Give Back fund raising day. Please help our students!

Research 101: Mini-grants for undergraduates

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100% Internship Match!

Congratulations to our three clinical graduate students, Rose Ashraf, Grace Boyers, and Nicole Vu, who all were matched with their first choice of internships!  Great going!

 

 

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Conference in honor of Dr. Alan Brown’s Career

On Friday, April 27, the Psychology Department will be hosting a conference entitled

Memory Quirks, the Study of Odd Phenomena in Memory: A Conference in Honor of Alan Brown’s Retirement

Save the date and join us.  Talks from prominent memory and cognitive researchers from around the country will begin at 1:30 in Expressway Tower, room #208.

For more information, go to:  http://schwartb.wixsite.com/brownschrift

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Follow the department on Twitter!

The Psychology Department now has a Twitter account.

Follow us  at:  @SMUPsychology

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Faculty who have recently been appointed Associate Editors

Two faculty members have become associate editors of psychology journals in recent months: Chrystyna Kouros for Journal of Child and Family Studies and Mike Chmielewski for Assessment. They join other faculty members who are current or former associate editors, including Austin Baldwin, Ernie Jouriles, Renee McDonald, Alicia Meuret, and Thomas Ritz. Kudos to all!

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Juliet Kroll Receives a Research Award!

Juliet Kroll, a graduate student in Dr. Thomas Ritz’s lab, received the prestigious Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Contributions to Neuroscience in Psychosomatic Medicine from the American Psychosomatic Society.

Congratulations, Juliet!

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Helicopter Parenting: Advice from Dr. Kouros

Dr. Chrystyna Kouros recently published a research article on helicopter parenting. In a guest blog for Next Avenue, she summarizes some of her findings and provides advice.

See  http://www.nextavenue.org/parenting-college-students/

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High-risk drinking talk by Dr. Zamboanga on 9/21

Dr. Byron Zamboanga (Smith College), will give a talk entitled Why do Young People Drink, Play Drinking Games, and Pregame?
The talk will be on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4-5 pm in Dedman Life Sciences, room 131. All are welcome to attend.

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Photos from the April Psychology Alumni Reunion

Photos from the Psychology Alumni Reunion held in April are available at:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm16QoDh

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