Richard Landers

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I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. My home area is Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the application of psychological principles to the working world. In particular, I’m interested in how the Internet has and will change the way work is conducted. Training is my focus right now – using the web to deliver instruction is the likely future of most work-related training, and little research is available so far to help practitioners design web-based training effectively. I think I can help.

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  • November 13, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
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Can I Use Mechanical Turk (MTurk) for a Research Study?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) has quickly become a highly visible source of participants for human subjects research. Psychologists, in particular, have begun to use MTurk as a major source of quick, cheap data. Studies with hundreds or thousands of participants can be identified in mere days, or sometimes, even a few hours. When it takes […]The post Can I Use Mechanical Turk (MTurk) for a Research Study? appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Gamification, Social........ Read more »

Landers, R.N., & Behrend, T.S. (2015) An inconvenient truth: Arbitrary distinctions between organizational, Mechanical Turk, and other convenience samples. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8(2). info:/

  • October 29, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 24 views

How to Improve Internet Comments

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

The most promising and yet most disappointing aspects of the Internet are the written comments left by the general public.  On one hand, comment sections are a great democratization of personal opinion.  With public commenting, anyone can make their opinion known until the world on whatever topic interests them.  On the other hand, comment sections give voice to absolutely […]The post How to Improve Internet Comments appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Us........ Read more »

Stroud, N., Scacco, J., Muddiman, A., & Curry, A. (2014) Changing Deliberative Norms on News Organizations' Facebook Sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12104  

  • October 15, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 22 views

Do Interactive Experiences Aid Employee Recruitment?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Many modern organizations try to compete for top talent by adding fancy, interactive experiences to their recruitment process – think of something like a virtual tour.  Such interactive experiences are expensive, but their creators hope that they will attract a higher class of recruit.  New research from Badger, Kaminsky and Behrend[1] in the Journal of Managerial […]The post Do Interactive Experiences Aid Employee Recruitment? appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from N........ Read more »

Badger, J.M., Kaminsky, S.E., & Behrend, T.S. (2014) Media richness and information acquisition in internet recruitment. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29(7), 866-883. info:/10.1108/JMP-05-2012-0155

  • October 2, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 66 views

Gamifying Surveys to Increase Completion Rate and Data Quality

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

One of the biggest challenges for research involving surveys is maintaining a high rate of completion and compliance with survey requirements. First, we want a reasonably representative sample of whomever we send the survey to. Second, we want those that do complete the survey to do so honestly and thoughtfully. One approach that researchers have taken to […]The post Gamifying Surveys to Increase Completion Rate and Data Quality appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcad........ Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
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Is Outrage Over the Facebook Mood Manipulation Study Anti-Science or Ignorance?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

By now, you’ve probably heard about the latest controversy coming from Facebook – a researcher internal to Facebook, along with two university collaborators, recently published a paper in PNAS[1] that included an experimental manipulation of mood. Specifically, the researchers randomly assigned about 700,000 Facebook users to test an interesting causal question: does the emotional content […]The post Is Outrage Over the Facebook Mood Manipulation Study Anti-Science or Ignorance........ Read more »

Kramer, A., Guillory, J., & Hancock, J. (2014) Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(24), 8788-8790. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320040111  

  • April 30, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 41 views

Should You Keep Using Paper Advertisements to Recruit Job Candidates?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Human Resource Management, Baum and Kabst[1] examine the effectiveness of recruitment websites alongside more traditional paper recruitment materials. They conclude that the most effective recruitment is done with a combination of the two. To determine this, the researchers sampled 284 German university students, primarily business administration majors, brought into a […]The post Should You Keep Using Paper Advertisements to Recruit Job Candidates? appeared first o........ Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 209 views

People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming special issue of Social Science Computer Review, Landers and Callan[1] set out to understand how people actually use social media while at work and how it affects their job performance.  By polling workers across a wide variety of jobs (across at least 17 industries), they identified 8 broad ways that people use social […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Textual Harassment at Work: Romance and Sexual Harassment on Social MediaGamification, Social Media, Mobile, and MTurk ........ Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 222 views

Is I/O Psychology Ruining Human Resources?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a recent issue of Human Resource Management Journal, Godard[1] provides a provocatively-titled opinion piece: “The psychologisation of employment relations?”  The central arguments of this paper are that 1) human resources management (HRM) is interdisciplinary, 2) industrial relations has historically been an important part of HRM, 3) organizational behavior has taken over HRM, pushing out industrial […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Free Gamification of Human Resources........ Read more »

Godard, J. (2014) The psychologisation of employment relations?. Human Resource Management Journal, 24(1), 1-18. DOI: 10.1111/1748-8583.12030  

  • February 26, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 286 views

When You Are Popular on Facebook, Strangers Think You’re Attractive

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

From psychology, we’ve known for a while that people create near-instant impressions of people based upon all sorts of cues. Visual cues (like unkempt hair or clothing), auditory cues (like a high- or low-pitched voice), and even olfactory cues (what’s that smell!?!) all combine rapidly to create our initial impressions of a person. Where things […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Facebook’s Bad For You But Good For MeSurprise: Social People Use FacebookEven Virtual Attr........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
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Do Recommendation Letters Actually Tell Us Anything Useful?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Recommendation letters are one of the most face valid predictors of academic and job performance; it is certainly intuitive that someone writing about someone else whom they know well should be able to provide an honest and objective assessment of that person’s capabilities.  But despite their ubiquity, little research is available on the actual validity […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:GRE: The Personality TestEven If Job Applicants Cheat, Online Testing May Still Increase Job ........ Read more »

Kuncel, N. R., Kochevar, R. J., & Ones, D. S. (2014) A meta-analysis of letters of recommendation in college and graduate admissions: Reasons for hope. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 22(1), 101-107. info:/10.1111/ijsa.12060

  • February 5, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 221 views

Is Age-Related Mental Decline Not As Bad As We Think?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

It’s well-supported in psychology that fluid intelligence (i.e. a person’s ability to solve unique, unfamiliar problems or remember large amounts of unfamiliar information, or otherwise flex their mental muscles) decreases with age.  There are several theories as to why – perhaps our brains become less efficient over time as our neurons age, or perhaps we […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?Inappropriat........ Read more »

Ramscar, M., Hendrix, P., Shaoul, C., Milin, P., & Baayen, H. (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: Non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 5-42. info:/10.1111/tops.12078

  • January 29, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 165 views

Using Links And Writing About Morality Increase Perceived Credibility

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Borah[1] conducted two experiments on 550 people to identify the interactive effect between story framing and embedded links on people reading about politically charged issues – in this case, gay marriage and immigration.  The researchers found that a website with critical analysis of political strategy […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As Effectively as Professionals?New R........ Read more »

Borah, P. (2014) The hyperlinked world: A look at how the interactions of news frames and hyperlinks influence news credibility and willingness to seek information. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. info:/

  • January 23, 2014
  • 08:30 AM
  • 314 views

The Privacy Paradox: Why People Who Complain About Privacy Also Overshare

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Taddicken[1] explores a phenomenon called the privacy paradox, a term that describes how social media users report that they are concerned about their privacy but do very little to actively protect it. In this study, 2739 German Internet users were surveyed to help identify why […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Privacy, Usage Rights, and Hidden CamerasWhy Do People Play Online Social Games?Faculty Apparently Use Soc........ Read more »

Taddicken, M. (2014) The 'privacy paradox' in the social web: The impact of privacy concerns, individual characteristics, and the perceived social relevance on different forms of self-disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 248-273. info:/10.1111/jcc4.12052

  • November 20, 2013
  • 08:30 AM
  • 187 views

Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Grohol, Slimowicz and Granda[1] examined the accuracy and trustworthiness of mental health information found on the Internet. This is critical because 8 of every 10 Internet users has searched for health information online, including 59% of the US population. They concluded that information found in […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Lack of Sleep May Lead to Wasted Time on the Internet at WorkThe Right to Internet ........ Read more »

  • November 7, 2013
  • 08:00 AM
  • 305 views

Does Gamifying Survey Progress Improve Completion Rate?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Social Science Computer Review, Villar, Callegaro, and Yang[1] conducted a meta-analysis on impact of the use of progress bars on survey completion. In doing so, they identified 32 randomized experiments from 10 sources where a control group (no progress bar) was compared to an experimental group (progress bar). Among the […]

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  • November 1, 2013
  • 09:00 AM
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20-Somethings Find No Problem with Texting and Answering Calls in Business Meetings

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming article in Business Communication Quarterly, Washington, Okoro and Cardon[1] investigated how appropriate people found various mobile-phone-related behaviors during formal business meetings.  Highlights from the respondents included: 51% of 20-somethings believe it appropriate to read texts during formal business meetings, whereas only 16% of workers 40+ believe the same thing 43% of 20-somethings […]

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  • October 24, 2013
  • 09:30 AM
  • 292 views

Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As Effectively as Professionals?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Recently, Old Dominion University embarked on an initiative to improve the teaching of disciplinary writing across courses university-wide. This is part of ODU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, an effort to improve undergraduate instruction in general. It’s an extensive program, involving extra instructional training and internal grant competitions, among other initiatives. Writing quality is one of the best indicators […]

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  • October 9, 2013
  • 09:00 AM
  • 260 views

Can Mobile Phones Be Used to Collect Longitudinal Data?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

There are two major approaches to data collection with respect to time.  Typically, we collect cross-sectional data.  This type of data is collected at a single point in time.  For example, we might ask someone to complete a single survey.  Atypically, we collect longitudinal data.  This type of data is collected at multiple points in […]

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van Heerdan, A. C., Norris, S. A., Tollman, S. M., Stein, A. D., & Richter, L. M. (2013) Field lessons from the delivery of questionnaires to young adults using mobile phones. Social Science Computer Review, 1-8. info:/10.1177/0894439313504537

  • May 1, 2013
  • 08:30 AM
  • 294 views

Are You Or Your Child Addicted to Online Games? An Online Assessment Tool

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Papay and colleagues[1] provide psychometric evidence for the short-form Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (developed earlier and published in PLOS ONE[2]) using a national sample of 5,045 high school students.  The short-form version is especially interesting because it has six dimensions over just twelve items.  However, the [...]

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Demetrovics, Z., Urbán, R., Nagygyörgy, K., Farkas, J., Griffiths, M., Pápay, O., Kökönyei, G., Felvinczi, K., & Oláh, A. (2012) The Development of the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (POGQ). PLoS ONE, 7(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036417  

  • April 25, 2013
  • 08:30 AM
  • 331 views

Overemphasis on Theory Development Is Damaging Organizational Psychology

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a recent article appearing in Organizational Psychology Review, Pillutla and Thau[1] make some very strongly worded arguments about the role of theory development in psychological science. I’ll start exploring their paper with a  quote in their own words: The state of [industrial/organizational psychology] and its obsession with novel theoretical contributions is antithetical to the goals of [...]

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