How Scientific Ethics, Efficiency and Accuracy Can Be Improved

In free public lecture, Stanford’s Jon Krosnick will address collapses of research integrity and discuss opportunities to strengthen science

Jon Krosnick is a professor of communication, political science, and psychology at Stanford University and the director of Stanford’s Political Psychology Research Group.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – In recent years, concerns have been raised about the ethics, honesty and legitimacy of scientific practice in social psychology, political science, economics, medicine, chemistry, and various other disciplines. Further, the rate of retractions of public work has been skyrocketing.

These issues will be addressed in a free, public talk at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, March 3.

Jon A. Krosnick, a professor of communication, political science, and psychology at Stanford University and the director of Stanford’s Political Psychology Research Group, will give the hour-long talk at 2 p.m. at the Alumni and Visitors Center on the UC Riverside campus.  Parking is free in Lot 24 for attendees.  Seating is limited.  Light refreshments will be served.

Titled “Collapses of Research Integrity and Opportunities to Strengthen Science,” the talk will describe a series of proposals on how to improve scientific ethics, efficiency, and accuracy, assembled by an interdisciplinary group of scholars at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Krosnick is Frederick O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences and a research psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. He has expertise in questionnaire design and survey research methodology, voting behavior and elections, and American public opinion. He has taught courses for professionals on survey methods for 25 years around the world and has served as a methodology consultant to government agencies, commercial firms, and academic scholars. His recent research has focused on how other aspects of survey methodology – e.g., collecting data by interviewing face-to-face vs. by telephone or on paper questionnaires – can be optimized to maximize accuracy.

He is a world-recognized expert on the psychology of attitudes, especially in the area of politics and co-principal investigator of the American National Election Study, the nation’s preeminent academic research project exploring voter decision-making. For 30 years, Krosnick has studied how the American public’s political attitudes are formed, change, and shape thinking and action. As an expert witness, he has evaluated surveys presented by opposing counsel and has conducted surveys to inform courts in cases involving unreimbursed expenses, uncompensated overtime work, exempt/non-exempt misclassification, patent/trademark violation, health effects of accidents, consequences of being misinformed about the results of standardized academic tests, economic valuation of environmental damage, change of venue motions, and other topics.

Krosnick’s talk is the first in a new series of monthly seminars being offered by the Office of Research Integrity within the Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR.

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