Shades of Lewandowsky and Cook: When psychological science isn’t so sciency

Watts Up With That?

Sound familiar? A study revealing a stunning lack of reproducibility in psychological science triggers another instance of reluctance to share data with any but friends, and an “adjustment” of  data to fit a theory.

Frank Lee MeiDere writes:

By now most have probably heard about the paper published in the August 28 edition of Science magazine entitled “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science.” Coordinated by the Center for Open Science, and headed by its executive director, Dr. Brian Nosek, the project examined 100 psychological studies mostly from three sources: Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

According to the The New York Times’ article, “Many psychology findings not as strong as claimed, study says,” written by Benedict Carey: “The vetted studies were considered part of the core knowledge by which scientists understand the dynamics of personality, relationships, learning…

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