As most psychologists and communication scholars, I am interested in the behavior of people: How does personality relate to behavior, what makes people happy, how do we change? And how are these processes affected by our media use? Specifically, my research revolves around the following two topics:
Privacy, Personality, & Self-Disclosure
Social Media, Communication, & Well-Being
Of course, there are a multitude of methods one can use to do research. However, there are some aspects I emphasize explicitly.
There’s no way getting around this: We as researchers need to improve the quality of our work. Too many studies cannot be replicated.1 There are several ways to address the replicability crisis: preregistration, registered reports, and open science (i.e., open data, open materials, reproducible code, open access). Specifically, it is my aim to publish manuscripts that are completely reproducible. A completely reproducible manuscript is a document that can be created in its entirety and automatically through the execution of code. The code takes the raw data, conducts all analyses and exports the results alongside the written content as a manuscript. Hence, no copy-pasting, no wysiwyg software, less error-proneness, more transparency, more accessibility. Currently, we are submitting the first completely reproducible manuscript. Here’s my profile on the open science framework.
Structural Equation Modelling, Panel Analyses, & Representative Data
Most research questions can be analyzed using regressions, most research questions involve several variables, most variables capture latent constructs. As a result, I’m using structural equation models to analyze data, given that SEMs are regressions based and can implement multiple latent factors. Particularly, I’m focusing on longitudinal panel data in order to better gauge causal processes. Likewise, instead of conducting several studies with small sample, I would rather prefer to conduct a single study with large sample to attain sufficient statistical power. Of course, that’s not always possible, but one can at least try.
For some further thoughts on ideas about good research, have a look at my blog post “5 years into academia – 45 things I’ve learned so far“.