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About That Rad New Psych Study You Heard Of...

Apparently, the psych science isn't settled.

Publius · Sep. 1, 2015
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Apparently, the psych science is not settled. The Guardian reports, “Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test.” There are many reasons why an experiment might fail to replicate, but more than this the study has highlighted some issues with academic publishing and modern science. University of Virginia psychology professor Brian A. Nosek, who led the effort to reproduce the experiments, told the Guardian, “The key caution that an average reader should take away is any one study is not going to be the last word. Science is a process of uncertainty reduction, and no one study is almost ever a definitive result on its own.” And while the media might want to breathlessly report on a study that displays some kind of psychological quirk, the real scientific process is much more involved than one study. Climate alarmists take note…


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