Presentation jeopardy: here's the answer; what's the question?
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 12:12AM
Dan Kahan

It's obviously a problem if one's research strategy involves aimlessly collecting a shitload of data and then fitting a story to whatever one finds.

But for a presentation, it can be a fun change of pace to start with the data and then ask the audience what the research question was. I'll call this the "Research Presentation 'Jeaopardy Opening.' "

I tried this strategy at the the Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting panel I was on on last Saturday. If I hadn't been on a 15-min clock -- if, say, the talk had been a longer one for a paper workshop or seminar -- I'd have actually called on members of the audience to offer and explain their guesses. Instead I went forward indicating what questions I, as the Alex Trubek of the proceedings, would count as "correct."

But there's no such constraint here on the CCP Blog.  So consider these slides & then tell me what question you think the data are the answer too! For my answers/questions, check out the entire slide show.

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