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  The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action

Nielsen, M., Haun, D., Kärtner, J., & Legare, C. H. (2017). The persistent sampling bias in developmental psychology: A call to action. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 31-38. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.017.

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Nielsen, Mark, Author
Haun, Daniel1, Author                 
Kärtner, Joscha, Author
Legare, Cristine H., Author
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Free keywords: WEIRD data, Cross-cultural research, Generalizable data, Representative data, Developmental science, Diversity, Cultural psychology, Developmental psychology
 Abstract: Psychology must confront the bias in its broad literature toward the study of participants developing in environments unrepresentative of the vast majority of the world’s population. Here, we focus on the implications of addressing this challenge, highlight the need to address overreliance on a narrow participant pool, and emphasize the value and necessity of conducting research with diverse populations. We show that high-impact-factor developmental journals are heavily skewed toward publishing articles with data from WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) populations. Most critically, despite calls for change and supposed widespread awareness of this problem, there is a habitual dependence on convenience sampling and little evidence that the discipline is making any meaningful movement toward drawing from diverse samples. Failure to confront the possibility that culturally specific findings are being misattributed as universal traits has broad implications for the construction of scientifically defensible theories and for the reliable public dissemination of study findings.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017
 Publication Status: Issued
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.017
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Title: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 162 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 31 - 38 Identifier: ISSN: 0022-0965