Statistical Significance

The Littlest p: Redefining Statistical Significance

September 18, 2017 Crystal 0

If you’re tuned in to psychological research practices, you may have recently read about Benjamin et al.’s (2017) proposal to redefine statistical significance. In it, they propose changing the criteria for calling something “statistically significant”–that is, a finding that would be surprising if the effect you’re looking for doesn’t actually exist. Right now, most research paradigms in psychology use a statistical significance threshold of p<0.05, which essentially means that if the effect you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you’ll find a false positive 5% of the time. Benjamin and colleagues want to redefine statistical significance for new discoveries as p<0.005, which would mean Read More…

2017 SCRA Biennial

OTL will be at the 2017 SCRA Biennial!

June 20, 2017 Crystal 0

Today I am heading to the 2017 SCRA Biennial in Ottawa, Canada. This year’s theme is “Transformative Community Psychology,” and SCRA attendees are encouraged to critically reflect on where further progress is needed in society as we share our own work. This will be my second time attending a SCRA Biennial, but it will be my first time in Canada. As usual, there are plenty of sessions to be excited about, and you can view them here. If you are interested in the work that we’re doing here at the Online Technologies Lab, however, look no further than the Social Sciences Building: Read More…

Benefits and Drawbacks of Membership in the Fighting Game Community

OTL Presents Preliminary FGC Study Findings

May 4, 2017 Crystal 0

On April 21, 2017, the Online Technologies Lab was at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action Program. There, we presented some preliminary results from the FGC survey we completed last year. OTL designed a survey including quantitative and qualitative questions that was based on the current literature about fighting games, as well as the blog posts, forum discussions, and direct feedback of community members. We wanted to share with all of you Ahmed AlSamaani’s poster about the benefits and drawbacks of FGC membership and the talk Jordan Reed and Kelly Collins presented on the relationship between affective (what people Read More…

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute

Welcoming the ABCD Institute to DePaul University’s Steans Center

April 13, 2017 Crystal 0

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while. Finally, we’ve released a press release welcoming the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute to the Steans Center here at DePaul University. As a community psychologist, I am so excited to see some of the best changemakers I’ve ever encountered joining our ranks. I’ve had the opportunity to attend two retreats with ABCD Institute founders John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann during this transition. These retreats have only reaffirmed my belief in the work that the Steans Center does, and how much I value our focus on building partnerships with community-based organizations instead Read More…

Online Technologies Lab receives SCRA mini-grant for work with CEOtaku

March 6, 2017 Crystal 0

I can’t believe I didn’t actually write a post about this back when it happened in January! I’m really happy to announce that Online Technologies Lab was awarded a SCRA Community Mini-Grant from the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) for our work with the fighting game community (FGC) and CEO Gaming. In October, Jordan and I went to CEOtaku, an anime fighting game tournament, to interview tournament attendees about their sense of community, social responsibility, reactions to FGC members’ helpful and harmful behaviors, perceptions of the FGC, and what contributes to building and limiting community. The funds will help cover Read More…

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