The Meta-Research in Culture Initiative (MARTA)

 

The Meta-Research in Culture Initiative (MARTA) is aimed at generating quantitative research synthesis of cultural studies (meta-analyses) and identifying biases in the way psychologists study culture, ethnicity, and race. By conducting meta-research or “research on research”, the ultimate goal of MARTA is to improve our understanding of the contribution of cultural processes on behavior, cognition, health, and development.

 
 

What are its goals?

1.  To expose underlying assumptions regarding culture in psychological science, and how they impede the advancement of the field.

2.  To generate evidence-based solutions to these issues.

3.  To improve our understanding the role of culture on behavior, cognition, health, and development through more nuanced conceptual and theoretical models.

What are its themes?

ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE CULTURAL BEINGS
We often think of culture and ethnicity as something that only minorities and foreigners have, when in fact, all humans beings are profoundly cultural.

CULTURE DEVELOPS OVER TIME
We often approach cultural processes as essential characteristics that remain stable, when in reality, individuals develop culture over time (Causadias, 2013).

CULTURAL RESEARCH CAN BENEFIT FROM SYSTEMATIC SYNTHESES
Because many studies on culture, ethnicity, and race employ small samples, the field can advance through meta-analytic investigations that clarify the magnitude and direction of associations, as well as the role of moderating processes.

What are its projects?

1. Research on the cultural (mis)attribution bias (Causadias, Vitriol, & Atkin, 2018).

2. Research synthesis on culture, development, and health. For example, our recent meta-analysis cultural differences and similarities (Causadias,Korous, & Cahill, 2018).

3. Research on cultural development and psychopathology (Causadias, 2013).