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New study casts doubt on study that casted doubt

In 2015, a widely publicized report by the Center for Open Science claimed that dozens of psychology studies from a sample of 100 were unsound. A new report has challenged these findings, claiming that nearly all of the studies examined by COS were acceptable and that the COS study itself was statistically flawed. According to the New York Times, “One issue the critique raised was how faithfully the replication team…

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Psych research findings not holding up?

The past several years have been bruising ones for the credibility of the social sciences. A star social psychologist was caught fabricating data, leading to more than 50 retracted papers. A top journal published a study supporting the existence of ESP that was widely criticized. The journal Science pulled a political science paper on the effect of gay canvassers on voters’ behavior because of concerns about faked data. Now, a…

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Dozens of Labs Respond to Call to Bolster Reliability of Psychology Research

A large international group set up to test the reliability of psychology experiments has successfully reproduced the results of 10 out of 13 past experiments. The consortium also found that two effects could not be reproduced. Psychology has been buffeted in recent years by mounting concern over the reliability of its results, after repeated failures to replicate classic studies. A failure to replicate could mean that the original study was…

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Confronting the critics of “soft” science

Source: http://xkcd.com/435/ Fellow Scientific American blogger Melanie Tannenbaum is flustered by allegations that psychology is not a science and I can see where she is coming from. In this case the stimulus was a piece by Alex Berezow, a microbiologist, who in a short and provocative piece in the LA times argued the case that psychology is not a real science. I think he’s right. I also think that he…

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Organizing science: A closer (albeit ancient) look at the field of cognitive psychology

In a recent blog post I promised to dust off an old informatics diagram I developed eons ago. nSCI is asking informatics fans around the country to send in their ideas, so here’s an example. First, let me offer my apologies: This is old, pre-computer era work so some of you out there will recognize the look of papers that were cut and pasted together and graphics that were drawn…

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Does decision fatigue impact science communication?

One of the more intriguing social psychology theories to emerge in recent years has the potential to impact a wide swath of human activity, from law to corporate governance to weight loss, marketing, and much more. Coined “decision fatigue” by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister, this new theory posits that humans possess only a limited reservoir of logical, calculated, rational thinking ability, after which point (whether this is due to…

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