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Psychological Science in the Wake of COVID-19: Social, Methodological, and Metascientific Considerations

Rosenfeld, Daniel L., Balcetis, Emily, Bastian, Brock, Berkman, Elliot T., Bosson, Jennifer K., Brannon, Tiffany N., Burrow, Anthony L., Cameron, C. Daryl, Chen, Serena, Cook, Jonathan E., and others. (2022) Psychological Science in the Wake of COVID-19: Social, Methodological, and Metascientific Considerations. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 17 . pp. 311-333. ISSN 1745-6916. (doi:10.1177/1745691621999374) (KAR id:87537)


The COVID-19 pandemic has extensively changed the state of psychological science, from what research questions psychologists can ask to which methodologies psychologists can employ to investigate them. In this article, we offer a perspective on how to optimize new research in the pandemic’s wake. As this pandemic is inherently a social phenomenon—an event that hinges upon human-to-human contact—we focus on socially relevant subfields of psychology. We highlight specific psychological phenomena that have likely shifted due to the pandemic and discuss theoretical, methodological, and practical considerations of conducting research on these phenomena. Following this discussion, we evaluate meta-scientific issues that have been amplified by the pandemic. We aim to demonstrate how theoretically grounded views on the COVID-19 pandemic can help make psychological science stronger—not weaker—in its wake.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1745691621999374
Uncontrolled keywords: COVID-19, meta-science, large-scale collaboration
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Signature Themes: Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2021 14:04 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 17:56 UTC
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