Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies

An Historical Analysis of Reversal Theory Conference Presentations

Author: Kenneth Cramer, Nichole Summerfield, and Paige Goertzen

Abstract: It has been suggested that reversal theory should endeavour to pursue more empirical studies (Cramer, 2013), yet continue to develop tools and applications; thus the present study examined the category of papers (N = 323) featured at reversal theory conferences from 1995–2015. Conference papers were divided into (initially three but later) five categories: templative, theoretical, empirical, application, and tool development. Empirical (hypothesis testing with statistical analysis of collected data) was the largest category (39%), followed by templative (31%), theoretical (16%), and both tool development and application (7% and 6%, respectively). The number of empirical studies, which declined over time, negatively correlated with both the number of applications and theoretical papers in a given year. Cluster analysis showed three distinct patterns of categorical distribution. Implications for future research are discussed, including how conferences have directed subsequent research and vice versa.

Link to Article2017-v6-06-ConferencePapers

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2017.606

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