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Sci Data. 2018 Oct 30;5:180236. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.236.

Datasets from a research project examining the role of politics in social psychological research.

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Domenico Viganola, Orly Eitan, Yoel Inbar, Anna Dreber, Magnus Johannesson, Thomas Pfeiffer, Stefan Thau, Eric Luis Uhlmann


  1. Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. INSEAD, Singapore.
  3. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  4. University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.
  5. Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

PMID: 30375993 PMCID: PMC6207064 DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.236


We present four datasets from a project examining the role of politics in social psychological research. These include thousands of independent raters who coded scientific abstracts for political relevance and for whether conservatives or liberals were treated as targets of explanation and characterized in a negative light. Further included are predictions about the empirical results by scientists participating in a forecasting survey, and coded publication outcomes for unpublished research projects varying in political overtones. Future researchers can leverage this corpus to test further hypotheses regarding political values and scientific research, perceptions of political bias, publication histories, and forecasting accuracy.


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