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August 12, 2014

"Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters"

It's about time. But I won't hold my breath.

"Important findings" haven’t been replicated, and science may have to change its ways. . . . 

The “replication crisis” is not at all unique to social psychology, to psychological science, or even to the social sciences. As Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis famously argued almost a decade ago, “Most research findings are false for most research designs and for most fields.” Failures to replicate and other major flaws in published research have since been noted throughout science, including in cancer researchresearch into the genetics of complex diseases like obesity and heart diseasestem cell research, and studies of the origins of the universe. Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health stated “The complex system for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research is failing and is in need of restructuring.”


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An interesting article that I tend to agree with. My area -- political science and public admin -- surely could use some replication attempts that get published. Doesn't happen often,

OTOH, the references to Milgram jarred a bit, since it has been my understanding that those experiments have been pretty thoroughly trashed not that long ago.

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