FLi Psychology Program
In recent years, psychological studies have been grappling with the “replication crisis”: many notable experiments have not been producing similar results. Despite multiple studies highlighting experiments that fail to replicate, there are structural issues that exacerbate critically examining these ongoing credibility concerns: There is no incentive for young academics to publish.
Many young scholars — graduate students and assistant professors — are pressured to produce novel experiments in order to advance in their program. Therefore, dissertations to earn PhDs or peer-reviewed publications (a currency necessary to obtain tenure-track positions) are not always encouraged to replicate past projects. This makes it difficult for current researchers to prioritize replication projects compared to novel experiments. This also makes accessing research funds to lead such projects difficult, as large funding institutions (e.g. NIH and NSF) may not financially reward such initiatives.
The FLi Psy Scholars Program aims to provide motivated and academically driven high school students with a unique opportunity to work closely with a graduate-level psychologist, gaining hands-on research experience by replicating a notable psychology experiment.
This immersive two-year program will empower students to explore the world of psychological research, develop critical thinking skills, and foster a passion for scientific inquiry. In addition, it will help the broader field of psychology acquire data to examine studies that do or do not replicate.
- Mentoring by a graduate-level researcher in psychology or neuroscience
- Hands-on experience in all aspects of psychological research.
- Exposure to the ethical principles of research.
- Opportunities for collaboration with peers.
- Presentation of findings to the wider community.
Exposure to real research
YEAR 1 – FLi Psy
Introduction to Psychological Research
Spring Semester (Year 1): Literature Review and Experiment Design
The spring semester is structured in five parts: Orientation, Introduction, Meetings, Literature Review, and Research.
Orientation session for students and parents/guardians.
Weekly meetings with the psychologist mentor.
Develop an experimental design and research proposal.
Introduction to the field of psychology and research methodology.
Conduct a comprehensive literature review on the chosen experiment.
YEAR 2 – FLi Psy
Conducting the Experiment and Analysis
Fall Semester (Year 2): Data Collection and Analysis
The fall semester is structured in three parts: Data Collection, Data Analysis, and Research Ethics.
Begin data collection following the approved research proposal.
Ethical considerations in research.
Regular data analysis sessions with the mentor.
YEAR 2 – FLi Psy
Spring Semester (Year 2): Presentation and Conclusion
The spring semester is structured in three parts: Conclusion, Presentation, and Showcase.
Analyze data and draw conclusions.
Showcase findings at a school-wide or community event.
Prepare a research presentation.