For people passionate about advancing business psychology and sharing contemporary HR thinking


Is Your Approach to Job Design Working In Our Current Work Context?

In a recent panel discussion hosted by OPRA on Transitioning to a New Normal, Christian Frederiksenof global real estate services firm JLL stated “The purpose of the firm is many things, but certainly one of [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Personal Resilience in Uncertain Times

Resilience in psychology is the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and adversity. COVID-19 presents as a major health, social, economic and personal challenge which will require us to demonstrate resilience at home and work. OPRA has pulled together some simple but effective strategies for you to use, share within your workforce or with your friends and family.

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

OPRA Psychology Group Wins Excellence in Technology Award for Future Skills Mapping Project

OPRA Psychology Group have won a Global Award, at the International Brandon Hall Awards, for their Future Skills Mapping Project designed in conjunction with Westpac Banking Corporation. OPRA, joins the likes of IBM, winning in the Category of Best Advance in Career Management and Planning Technology.

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Dirty Little Secrets of Validity Testing

One of the dirty little secrets in the assessment business is the way that assessments are validated. There are no formal systematic approaches for the validation of tests that are easy for tests users, not versed in statistics, to follow.

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Positive Psychology Interventions Have Limited Impact, and It Is Time to Celebrate

A recent study published in PLoS ONE conducted a reanalysis of a meta-analysis on Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI’s). A meta-analysis is, in simple terms, a statistical means of combining data from a lot of studies, and is an analysis of analysis. The results of a meta-analysis are often more robust than single studies as they combine data from multiple sources.

By |June 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Replication Is the Bedrock of Science – Should It Be Predicted?

I don’t the claims to measurement in our discipline are on shaky ground to put in politely. As such, I often think that we should be focussed more on the evaluation of usefulness rather than infinitesimally small gains in measurement accuracy.

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gamification in Personnel Selection and the Need for Real-World Evaluation

The International Journal of Selection and Assessment recently included a feature article on the gamification of assessment. While the research methodology in the article was sound, I could not help but think that the article in many ways symbolised what is wrong with much of the assessment literature that emphasises psychometric properties as opposed to practical utility.

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Finally, Some Good News of the Replication Front – Sorta

While the failure to replicate findings from the psychological literature has been a common critique of psychology in the recent press, one area of psychology which does appear to replicate is that of trait-based prediction, a finding that is especially relevant for I/O Psychology.

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Plagiarism in the 21st Century

Turnitin, the plagiarism detector that most Universities use was sold, with the writer of the Nature article questioning its usefulness. Having used Turnitin for years now, I have found the software to be improving continually, and the software regularly picks most aspects of plagiarism relatively fast.

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Gendered Brain and the Seven Deadly Sins of Psychological Science

A new book has recently hit the market that I believe should be mandatory reading for most scientists in the field. The book is called - 'The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters The Myth Of The Female Brain' - and the key premise of the book is that men and women’s brains are simply not that different.

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments