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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The COVID-19 pandemic has extensively changed the state of psychological science from what research questions psychologists can ask to which methodologies psychologists can use to investigate them. In this article, we offer a perspective on how to optimize new research in the pandemic's wake. Because this pandemic is inherently a social phenomenon-an event that hinges on human-to-human contact-we focus on socially relevant subfields of psychology. We highlight specific psychological phenomena that have likely shifted as a result of the pandemic and discuss theoretical, methodological, and practical considerations of conducting research on these phenomena. After this discussion, we evaluate metascientific 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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenfeld, DL; Balcetis, E; Bastian, B; Berkman, ET; Bosson, JK; Brannon, TN; Burrow, AL; Cameron, CD; Chen, S; Cook, JE; Crandall, C; Davidai, S; Dhont, K; Eastwick, PW; Gaither, SE; Gangestad, SW; Gilovich, T; Gray, K; Haines, EL; Haselton, MG; Haslam, N; Hodson, G; Hogg, MA; Hornsey, MJ; Huo, YJ; Joel, S; Kachanoff, FJ; Kraft-Todd, G; Leary, MR; Ledgerwood, A; Lee, RT; Loughnan, S; MacInnis, CC; Mann, T; Murray, DR; Parkinson, C; Pérez, EO; Pyszczynski, T; Ratner, K; Rothgerber, H; Rounds, JD; Schaller, M; Silver, RC; Spellman, BA; Strohminger, N; Swim, JK; Thoemmes, F; Urganci, B; Vandello, JA; Volz, S; Zayas, V; Tomiyama, AJ

Published Date

  • March 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 333

PubMed ID

  • 34597198

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8901450

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-6924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1745-6916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1745691621999374

Language

  • eng