Harnessing the Undiscovered Resource of Student Research Projects

Jon E. Grahe, Alan Reifman, Anthony D. Hermann, Marie Walker, Kathryn C. Oleson, Michelle Nario-Redmond, Richard P. Wiebe

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This article suggests that undergraduate research can help advance the science of psychology. We introduce a hypothetical "question-list paradigm" as a mechanism to do this. Each year, thousands of undergraduate projects are completed as part of the educational experience. Although many of these studies may not contain sufficient contributions for publication, they provide a good test of the replicability of established findings across populations at different institutions and geographic locations. Thus, these projects could meet the needs of recent calls for increased replications of psychological studies while simultaneously benefiting the student researchers, their instructors, and the field in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-607
Number of pages3
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • "question-list paradigm"
  • collective research
  • data collection
  • experimental replication
  • pedagogy
  • undergraduate research


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