Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology (CRSP), the preregistration-only journal for social psychology, issues a call for submissions for a special issue on the topic of "power poses." Power poses refer to expansive/constrictive bodily positions and the effects of these positions on the psychology of power (Carney, Cuddy, & Yap, 2010). Initial studies offered the possibility that power poses could positively affect real-world outcomes, especially for low-status individuals. Recently, however, questions have arisen about the boundary conditions, replicability, and potential moderators of such effects. We propose a multi-site, preregistered set of studies on these questions.
There are two overall goals of this special issue: First, to advance our understanding of any context or individual difference variables that might influence the effect of physical poses on power, and second, to provide a multi-laboratory collaborative replication of the core effect. To these ends, submissions will be evaluated in terms of: (1) the potential to provide substantive theoretical advance; (2) methodological and statistical quality; and (3) the ability to contribute to direct replication tests of the core effect. Hence, at minimum the proposed research should include tests of moderators, boundary conditions, manipulations of experimental context, etc. The ideal proposal would also contribute to a multi-site direct replication by including in the study design the "core" conditions reported in the original power pose research (a comparison of expansive and constrictive poses, held alone for two minutes while viewing faces, on risk taking, subjective power, and/or hormones).
How to submit
The process of preregistered review at CRSP is available in the Author Guidelines. Submissions should include an introduction, proposed methodology, and proposed analyses. These submissions are sent out for peer-review, and, after revision, an In-Principle Acceptance is issued. This IPA guarantees publication of the manuscript regardless of the outcome of data analysis. Following data collection and revision of the manuscript to include results, manuscripts are checked for adherence to the preregistered protocol and then published. Additionally, data from those researchers who include the core conditions comparing expansive and constrictive poses will be combined in an overall meta-analysis of this effect (with the meta-analysis also preregistered and reviewed). All researchers who contribute data to this meta-analysis will be authors on an additional manuscript within the special issue detailing these results.
Timeline: Submissions will be accepted immediately and continue until January 15, 2016. After reviews, revisions of the submissions, IPAs issued, data collection should commence by February 15 and conclude by May 15, 2016.
All final manuscripts should be submitted by July 15, 2016, with publication expected Fall 2016.
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