Mind the level: problems with two recent nation-level analyses in psychology

Toon Kuppens, Thomas Pollet

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Abstract

Two recent articles (both published in Psychological Science) rely on nation-level data to address questions about psychological processes: Oishi and Diener (2014), referred to here as “OD,” and Hershfield et al. (2014), referred to as “HBW.” In our opinion, both articles contain problems with regard to the use and interpretation of nation-level data. The problems are (1) the failure to account for the statistical dependence of countries within regions, (2) the use of nation-level data with questionable reliability, and (3) a confusion between individual and national levels of analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2014

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