TwitterPanic, NHST, Wizards, and the Cult of Significance Again

****Warning, some bad language used: don’t read if you’re offended by that sort of thing**** I haven’t done a blog in a while, so I figured I ought to. Having joined Twitter a while back, I now find myself suffering from TwitterPanic™, which is an anxiety disorder (I fully anticipate to be part of DSM-V) […]

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New Realities toolkit: Using diaries in research with people with dementia

We’ve added a new Realities toolkit to our website: Using diaries in research with people with dementia by Ruth Bartlett at University of Southampton. It describes her research which used written, photo and oral diaries in participatory research with people with dementia. A great introduction to the practical side of using this approach in your research! http://www.manchester.ac.uk/morgancentre/realities/toolkits/diary/

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Two common (and recent) mistakes about dual process reasoning and cognitive bias

“Dual process” theories of reasoning — which have been around for a long time in social psychology — posit (for the sake of forming and testing hypotheses; positing for any other purpose is obnoxious) that there is an important distinction between two types of mental operations. Very generally, one of these involves largely unconscious, intuitive reasoning […]

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Against Goldilocks “Theorizing” (on Climate Change Risk Perception & Anything Else)

We often are told that “dire news” on climate change provokes dissonance-driven resistance. Yet many commentators who credit  this account also warn us not to raise public hopes by even engaging in research on — much less discussion of — the feasibility of geoengeineering. These analysts worry that any intimation that there’s a technological “fix” for global warming will lull […]

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Industrial Strength Risk Perception Measure

In an earlier post, I presented some data that displayed how public perceptions of risk vary across putative hazards and how perceptions of each of those risks varies between cultural subgroups.     The risk perceptions were measured by asking respondents to indicate on “a scale of 0-10 with 0 being ‘no risk at all’ and 10 meaning ‘extreme risk,’ […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Delphi technique

Delphi technique “A predictive method for obtaining consensus among a group of experts often used as a means of problem solving, decision making and/or forecasting.” For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, a highly practical tool that links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with […]

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Factor Analysis for Likert/Ordinal/Non-normal Data

My friend Jeremy Miles sent me this article by Basto and Periera (2012) this morning with the subject line ‘this is kind of cool’. Last time I saw Jeremy, my wife and I gatecrashed his house in LA for 10 days to discuss writing the R book that’s about to come out. During that stay […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Triangulation

Triangulation “Triangulation involves the attempt to combine multiple methods, measures, methodologies, or theories in a variety of ways often to cross-check findings, often on the assumption that the weaknesses of any single such element will be compensated by the strengths of others.” For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, […]

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