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Adv Methods Pract Psychol Sci. 2018 Dec;1(4):501-515. doi: 10.1177/2515245918797607. Epub 2018 Oct 1.

The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology through a Distributed Collaborative Network.

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Duke University.
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University of Western Ontario.
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University of Virginia.
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Université Grenoble Alpes.
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Tufts University.
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University of Arkansas.
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Pacific Lutheran University.
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Northern Illinois University.
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Florida International University.
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Åbo Akademi University.
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Nicholls State University.
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Coventry University.
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Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
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McGill University.
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Universidad Antonio Nariño.
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University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus.
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Texas Tech University.
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University of California, Santa Barbara.
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ELTE, Eotvos Lorand University.
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Universidad Regional Amazónica Ikiam.
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The University of Western Ontario.
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Ashland University.
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Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University.
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Franklin and Marshall College.
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University of St Andrews.
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University of Cambridge.
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Pt Ravishankar Shukla University.
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Université de Poitiers et CNRS.
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Michigan State University.
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Busara Center for Behavioral Economics.
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University of Tennessee.
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Grand Valley State University.
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The University of Queensland.
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Vilnius University.
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Yale University.
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Rutgers University.
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University of California, Riverside.
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Vanderbilt University.
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Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Humboldt State University.
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Tilburg University.
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University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice.
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Université de Toulouse.
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Technische Universität Dresden.
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Lund University.
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MIT.
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Western Sydney University.
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Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University.
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Occidental College.
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Willamette University.
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University of Vienna.
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Queensland University of Technology.
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Üsküdar University.
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UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
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University of Presov.
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University of Toronto.
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University of Dundee.
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NHH Norwegian School of Economics.
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University.
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University of Essex.
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University of Southern Indiana.
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Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences.
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University of Illinois.
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Queen's University Belfast.
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University of Oslo.
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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
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University of Sao Paulo.
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University of Leuven.
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University of Geneva.
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University of Groningen.
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University of Padova.
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University of Vienna, Austria.
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Abertay University.
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Montclair State University.
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McDaniel College.
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RTE University.
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Tzu-Chi University.
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University of Glasgow.
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Universidad de Santiago.
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
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Eindhoven University of Technology.
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Ege University.
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University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.
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University of the Philippines Diliman.

Abstract

Concerns have been growing about the veracity of psychological research. Many findings in psychological science are based on studies with insufficient statistical power and nonrepresentative samples, or may otherwise be limited to specific, ungeneralizable settings or populations. Crowdsourced research, a type of large-scale collaboration in which one or more research projects are conducted across multiple lab sites, offers a pragmatic solution to these and other current methodological challenges. The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) is a distributed network of laboratories designed to enable and support crowdsourced research projects. These projects can focus on novel research questions, or attempt to replicate prior research, in large, diverse samples. The PSA's mission is to accelerate the accumulation of reliable and generalizable evidence in psychological science. Here, we describe the background, structure, principles, procedures, benefits, and challenges of the PSA. In contrast to other crowdsourced research networks, the PSA is ongoing (as opposed to time-limited), efficient (in terms of re-using structures and principles for different projects), decentralized, diverse (in terms of participants and researchers), and inclusive (of proposals, contributions, and other relevant input from anyone inside or outside of the network). The PSA and other approaches to crowdsourced psychological science will advance our understanding of mental processes and behaviors by enabling rigorous research and systematically examining its generalizability.

KEYWORDS:

Psychological Science Accelerator; crowdsourcing; generalizability; large-scale collaboration; theory development

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