WKSU Exploradio segment features Chartier, PSA AU Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Chartier and his Psychological Science Accelerator were featured in an Exploradio segment on WKSU.
Chartier talked to reporter Jeff St. Clair about how the PSA came about in response to a growing crisis in psychological research where even big findings are difficult to verify.
“I’d say best estimates of how replicable our field is in terms of published findings is around 50 percent,” Chartier said. “So, we’re talking a coin flip.”
He says part of the problem is that researchers generally rely on subjects that are WEIRD, or "Western Educated Industrialized Rich and Democratic societies.
"The issue," he said, "is that we draw global conclusions about human psychology from an extremely WEIRD subset of the global population.”
The solution, he says, is to include as much of humanity as possible in research studies.