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…


SMARTER Goals as New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2016 Crystal 0

For the longest time, I was one of those people who rather snarkily said, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t wait around until the New Year if I want to make changes.” While anyone who knows me will tell you that’s still true, I have come to appreciate the purpose of using the New Year season as a time of reflection. That said, I find that many people I know make goals that are rather untenable. It’s time we created smarter goals for better results. I’m not the first person to ever use the SMART(ER) framework. In fact, most Read More…

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