Missouri Western Psychology professor Corey White was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal for his research on Metastudies Robust Tests of Theory. White along with a multi-university team helped put together the article and was published on March 12.
Metastudies is the combination of different statistical methods from different studies with the purpose of identifying a pattern. When trying to figure out if a psychological science result is real or valid researchers must try to replicate the original experiment. Many of variables go into trying to replicate an experiment exactly and at the end of the day is almost impossible.
White and the seven other researchers’ solution to this problem, however, was to randomize many different variables and test the effect of interest across all of the different variables at the same time. This approach saves a lot of time, money and allows researchers to get at the real question of interest.
Recently hired White collaborated with other psychologist and researchers from seven universities around the world.
Established in 1915, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is world-renowned as one of the most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals. grossing more than 3,200 research papers annually. Getting published in a well-known research journal is a big accomplishment for White.
“So the real progress here is not that I got something published, but rather that I got something published in such a prestigious outlet,” White said. “This journal is one of the most premier outlets for scientific work.”
White has written for around 40 other publications in the past and writes frequently.
Administrative Assistant of the Psychology Department Jody King said having a colleague published in PNAS is a desirable goal.
“For our faculty everyone does a lot of research and everyone hopes that there research gets published, however getting your work published by a well-known publication is always the goal,” King said.
Seven other professors played a leading role in this collaboration which is very common in this field. Psychology Professor Kelly Henry spoke about the role that social media avenues play in these collaborations.
“For most of us when we collaborate we use new technology like Skype to have team meetings, we assess what we need to do next, we’ll assign tasks and etc,” Henry said.
White’s article can be found on www.pnas.org.