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Amateur hour: Improving knowledge diversity in psychological and behavioral science by harnessing contributions from amateurs

Mohlhenrich, Erik and Krpan, Dario ORCID: 0000-0002-3420-4672 (2022) Amateur hour: Improving knowledge diversity in psychological and behavioral science by harnessing contributions from amateurs. New Ideas in Psychology, 65. ISSN 0732-118X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2021.100922

Abstract

Contemporary psychological and behavioral science suffers from a lack of diversity regarding the key intellectual activities that constitute it, including its theorizing, empirical approaches, and topics studied. We refer to this type of diversity as knowledge diversity. To fix the knowledge diversity problem, scientists have proposed several solutions that would require transforming the field itself—an endeavor that can realistically be realized only in the long term. In this article, we propose that knowledge diversity could also be attained in the short term without transforming the field itself—by harnessing contributions from amateurs who can explore diverse aspects of psychology that are neglected in academia. We identify six such “blind spot” areas within which amateurs could contribute and discuss how this could be practically achieved. We hope that our article will inspire professionals and academic institutions to be more open toward amateur contributions to create a diverse body of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 11:03
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 11:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112924

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