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 Predict the Politics of Academic Research
Posted by: Yoel Inbar
Title/Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology
School/Organization: University of Toronto
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: February 17th, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

My collaborators and I are working a project empirically assessing the role of politics in research in social psychology. We have used over 2000 independent raters of diverse political orientations to assess the extent to which over 300 social psychology abstracts examining politically relevant topics: (1) evaluate conservatives and liberals differently; and (2) focus on conservatives and liberals as the target of explanation to a different degree.

We have further created a forecasting survey ( to see if scientists and laypeople are able to predict the results of the empirical study--in other words, whether observers are able to accurately anticipate the political bent of social psychology research.

If you have a moment to take the forecasting survey, we would greatly appreciate your time. Of course, all responses are anonymous. Thank you!

Yoel Inbar
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto

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