IIEMCA 2019 panel on experimental psychology

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Type Conference
Categoryies (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2019/07/02 - 2019/07/05
Address Mannheim, Germany
Geolocation 49° 29' 15", 8° 27' 58"
Abstract due 2018/09/15
Submission deadline 2018/09/15
Final version due
Notification date
Tweet CFP for an IIEMCA 2019 panel on "EMCA studies of work and practice in experimental psychology", Mannheim, Germany from July 2-5 2019. soft DL: 15th September 2018.
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IIEMCA 2019 panel on experimental psychology:


David Edmonds is organising a panel on "EMCA studies of work and practice in experimental psychology" for the next IIEMCA conference to be held in Mannheim, Germany from July 2-5 2019. Please find the abstract below. If you're interested in contributing please contact David (david.edmonds@link.cuhk.edu.hk ) for more information by September 15th.


Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EMCA) sit in a curious relationship with psychology; with their agnostic stance regarding inner cognitive states and a preference for studying human behaviour through the examination of naturally occurring social interaction rather than laboratory experimentation (de Ruiter & Albert, 2017). In contrast, recent years have seen the emergence of many psychological studies providing experimental validation and support for some of the core tenets and findings of CA (Kendrick, 2017). This panel proposes a twist on this; through EMCA studies of psychological methods, work and practice- a relatively neglected area of investigation.

Existing EMCA studies of work and practice in experimental psychology focus on two main aspects. First, a focus on the “handling” and “interpretation” of data. For example, the multimodal practices involved in the collaborative organisation of interpreting brain scans (Alač, 2011). Another group of studies focuses on the “production” of data, by focusing on what happens during psychology experiments. These studies explore various aspects of researcher-participant interaction including, how subjects resist experimenters’ authority (Hollander, 2015); how subjects come to an understanding of what the experiment involves (Kobayashi Hillman et al., 2017), and the in situ accomplishment of methodological concerns such as demand characteristics (Wooffitt, 2007).

Despite focusing on a range of different types of experimental psychology, all these studies reflect a common theme- a re-specification of method as an interactive and practical accomplishment (Greiffenhagen et al., 2015). They focus on the social organization and situated nature of psychological research. This panel welcomes contributions of empirical EMCA studies of psychological practice and work. The panel will focus on a range of different psychological disciplines, such as cognitive neuroscience, developmental and social psychology. The panel will explore the interactive, situated and social underpinnings of psychological knowledge production.


Alač, M. (2011). Handling digital brains: A laboratory study of multimodal semiotic interaction in the age of computers. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

de Ruiter, J.P., & Albert, S. (2017). An appeal for a methodological fusion of conversation analysis and experimental psychology. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50, 90-107.

Greiffenhagen, C., Mair, M., & Sharrock, W. (2015). Methodological troubles as problems and phenomena: ethnomethodology and the question of ‘method’ in the social sciences. The British Journal of Sociology, 66, 460-485.

Hollander, M. (2015). The repertoire of resistance: Non-compliance with directives in Milgram's ‘obedience’ experiments. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54, 425-444.

Kendrick, K. (2017). Using conversation analysis in the lab. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50, 1-11.

Kobayashi Hillman, K., Ross, S., & Kasper, G. (2017). Achieving epistemic alignment in a psycholinguistic experiment. Applied Linguistics Review. Advance online publication.

Wooffitt, R. (2007). Communication and laboratory performance in parapsychology experiments: Demand characteristics and the social organization of interaction. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 477-498. "

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