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Embracing field studies as a tool for learning

Field studies in social psychology tend to focus on validating existing insights. In addition to learning from the laboratory and bringing those insights to the field — which researchers currently favour — we should also conduct field studies that aim to learn in the field first.

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The author thanks Z. Berry, M. Gorges, O. Hauser, K. Krautter, J. Murray, C. Vinluan and A. Whillans for their excellent comments on an earlier version of this Comment

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Jachimowicz, J.M. Embracing field studies as a tool for learning. Nat Rev Psychol 1, 249–250 (2022).

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