PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Section: 002 The Replication Crisis in Psychological Science
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Over the past 10 years, serious concerns have arisen about the extent to which interesting empirical phenomena and statistical results from prominent experiments in cognitive, social, personality, clinical, and other major areas of psychology are replicable. Numerous failed attempts at such replications have been reported by a variety of reputable investigators. Taken together, these prevailing circumstances have become known as the “Replication Crisis in Psychological Science". A recent stream of publications in the scientific literature and public news media has addressed the matter at considerable length. Especially prominent in their coverage is the phenomenon of ‘Behavior Priming’, where casual incidental exposure to particular kinds of seemingly irrelevant stimuli has been hypothesized to surreptitiously influence the speed, accuracy, and other observable aspects of subsequent overt behaviors. For example, it has been claimed that exposure to words like “bingo”, “Florida”, and “retirement”, which may be related to behaviors in old age, lower the subsequent speed of walking by college students who exit a psychological laboratory. However, some subsequent attempts to replicate such behavior-priming effects — including power posing, ego depletion, and money-primed judgment and decision making — have repeatedly failed to yield statistically reliable results. Given this concerning state of affairs, the present seminar will involve reading and discussing a variety of journal articles and book chapters that may help provide further insightful perspective on the Replication Crisis and satisfactory ways of transcending it.

Given this concerning state of affairs, the present seminar will involve reading and discussing a variety of journal articles and book chapters that may help provide further insightful perspective on the Replication Crisis and satisfactory ways of transcending it.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on students’ in-class participation, performance on occasional brief quizzes, and completion of a final term paper structured as a mini-grant proposal for future research on the topics of the seminar.

Intended Audience:

Intermediate and advanced doctoral graduate students, as well accomplished advanced undergraduates, from complementary disciplines such as Psychology, Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, and Business Marketing may benefit from enrolling. For more information, interested individuals may contact the instructor: Prof. David E. Meyer; demeyer@umich.edu.

Class Format:

The format of class meetings will be instructor and student guided discussions of assigned weekly readings.

PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
28126
Open
12
12PSYCH Grad
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Psych 808-001 Topic Title: Edutainment 101: Using developmental science to understand and inform the development of educational apps and entertainment
002 (SEM)
P
26206
Open
9
9PSYCH Grad
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M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Note: Psych 808-002 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take EH Church Street Elevator up to "4M".
003 (SEM)
P
26575
Open
29
10PSYCH Grad
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F 1:30PM - 3:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
28127
Open
11
11PSYCH Grad
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F 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Note: Psych 808-004 meets in 4464EH or the Pillsbury Room, East Hall (take Church St elevator to level "4M"), depending on the date. Contact instructor.
005 (SEM)
P
28549
Open
12
12PSYCH Grad
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
29137
Open
15
15PSYCH Grad
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Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
29391
Open
11
12PSYCH Grad
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
009 (SEM)
P
32319
Open
12
12PSYCH Grad
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M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: PSYCH 808-009 meets in 3254EH.
010 (SEM)
P
22000
Open
10
10PSYCH Grad
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TBA
Note: 808-010 meets in ISR
011 (SEM)
P
33435
Open
16
16PSYCH Grad
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Psych 808-011 The Science of Self-Control
012 (SEM)
P
32230
Open
9
7PSYCH Grad
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (SEM)
P
32320
Open
12
12PSYCH Grad
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TBA
015 (SEM)
P
33767
Open
15
15PSYCH Grad
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TBA
Note: Psych 808-015 Topic Title: Neuroimaging Data, Concepts, & Analysis
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