Sakshi Ghai — Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford

Feb 6, 2024, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


Event Description

Rethinking sample diversity in research design

Great strides have been made to increase awareness about the diversity of research samples in psychology. Yet, the question arises: is behavioral science in the process of updating its definition of sample diversity? In this talk, I will reflect on the perils and opportunities of diversity classifications, emphasizing the need to reconsider how we study diverse populations. The discussion will delve into two aspects. Firstly, it will present tangible ways to rethink sample diversity and measure both between-country and within-country diversity. Secondly, the talk will spotlight emerging methodological advancements in the field that simultaneously increase and constrain diversity, introducing the concept of the illusion of generalizability. While oversampling rural demographics or employing nationally representative surveys can be potential ways forward, I will discuss research practices and innovations necessary to address inclusion.

Department of Psychology
Dr. Jason Geller