1. Science often contradicts other science. When this happens, disputant scholars tend to work separately, designing their own new studies to launch at their opponents. These new studies rarely persuade the other side, and contradictory claims live in on for years or decades.
2. On rare occasions, scholars swallow their pride and put their theories at real risk by working with their intellectual opponents. These are called Adversarial Collaborations (term coined by Danny Kahneman), and @PTetlock and I have been working hard to normalize them.
3. In two weeks, we will be presenting preliminary results of three of our adversarial collaborations (ACs) at #SPSP2022. All of our data collections are still underway, so we have no idea how the results will turn out. Care to predict the findings?
4. W/@jayvanbavel, Jarret Crawford & @Louiseyzi, we are testing for political bias in the published psychology literature. Will we find evidence that liberal friendly research findings are held to lower standards and cited more than less lib-friendly findings?
5. W/@JonHaidt, @DG_Rand, @GordPennycook, Pete Ditto & @daniel_relihan, we are testing for socially motivated reasoning. Will we find that people evaluate information more negatively when it supports socially undesirable empirical statements vs. more neutral statements?
6. W/@tomstello_, @vlasceanu_mada, JW van Prooijen, Luke Conway & Danny Osborne, we are testing whether the political right is more cognitively rigid than the left. Will we find that cons update their beliefs less than libs when new information contradicts their beliefs?
7. If you are attending #SPSP2022, you can complete the polls on Whova by clicking 'Resources'-->'Polls'. And you can see what we found by attending our session on Friday (the 18th) at 8am: Keep Your Enemies Close: Adversarial Collaborations Will Improve Science.
8. ACs are challenging--the research process is carried out far more meticulously when you are working with people who want/expect to find opposing results. But they all have proceeded very harmoniously, and I am hopeful we will make real progress on formerly intractable debates.
9. Read more about why scholars who have empirical disagreements with other scholars should be participating in ACs regularly:
10. And learn more about the Adversarial Collaboration Project here:

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Herding cats is an apt metaphor for organizing academics—& even more apt for coordinating adversarial collaborations. But, somehow, Cory is pulling it off. Her thread below is worth reading. Her SPSP session in two weeks is worth attending