IMC: Emily Ho talk, “Developing new practices for increasing transparency in social science research,” Friday 2/12 at 12:00p Eastern

This Friday, 2/12 at 12:00 noon Eastern, the International Methods Colloquium will host a talk by Emily Ho (Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology, Fordham University) titled “Developing new practices for increasing transparency in social science research: an investigation of statistical and psychophysical methods used to detect change.”

The abstract for the talk is:

The reproducibility crisis in social science disciplines (e.g., political science, economics, and psychology) has called for a paradigm shift in the way researchers design, execute, and evaluate their studies. Empirical distributions, or data arising from real-world phenomenon, are often non- normal. Though researchers often wish to compare such distributions to assess the magnitude of an effect, most of the literature has focused on the normal distribution, which is as prevalent in reality as unicorns are (Merrici, 1989). Thus incongruent approaches abound of how to best capture differences between empirical distributions, contributing to the lack of transparency in social science research. These inconsistencies reveal the need for a robust theoretical and experimentally defensible framework for designing and evaluating research involving empirical distributions. The current work summarizes and theoretical, experimental, and psychophysical approaches to further expand methodological tools in social science research.

To tune in to the presentation and participate in the discussion after the talk, visit and click “Watch Now!” on the day of the talk. To register for the talk in advance, click here:

The IMC uses GoToWebinar, which is free to use for listeners and works on PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android tablets and phones. You can be a part of the talk from anywhere around the world with access to the Internet. The presentation and Q&A will last for a total of one hour.

About Justin Esarey

Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.
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