Research Methods in Psychology

By Stephen Dewitt | A magazine dedicated to high quality articles about research methods, statistics, ethics and philosophy in Psychology.

Reconstruction of a Train Wreck: How Priming Research Went off the Rails

<b>Authors: Ulrich Schimmack, Moritz Heene, and Kamini Kesavan</b><p><b>Abstract:</b><br>We computed the R-Index for studies cited in Chapter 4 of Kahneman’s book …

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility

Survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research.<p>More than 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, …

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How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop

Humans are remarkably good at self-deception. But growing concern about reproducibility is driving many researchers to seek ways to fight their own …

Updating Beliefs

Flexible Measures Are A Problem For Science

A fascinating new site called FlexibleMeasures.com reveals the enormous variety of different ways which psychologists have devised to analyse the …

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Statistics: When Confounding Variables Are Out of Control

Does ice cream cause drownings? Let's think about this statistically. Consider that, in any given city, daily sales of ice cream are, most likely, …

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How to Make Psychology Studies More Reliable

A new way for the field to address its replication crisis.<p>The biggest debate in modern psychology concerns the quality of the field itself. Some psychologists contend that there is a replicability crisis, where many published results—including several classic ones—aren’t true. Others assert that …

Failure Is Moving Science Forward

While I paced around the green room at a recent TEDx event in Colorado, one of the other speakers offered the rest of us some advice on how to ease …

Science Isn’t Broken

If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. Peer review? More like self-review. An investigation in November …

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions

Paul Offit likes to tell a story about how his wife, pediatrician Bonnie Offit, was about to give a child a vaccination when the kid was struck by a …

Scientific method: Statistical errors

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.<p>For a brief moment in 2010, Matt Motyl was on …

What psychology’s crisis means for the future of science

The field is currently undergoing a painful period of introspection. It will emerge stronger than before.<p>In 1998, psychologists found evidence of a tantalizing theory: We all have a finite mental store of energy for self-control and decision-making. Resisting temptations, or making tough decisions, …

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Psychology Is in Crisis Over Whether It's in Crisis

Last summer, the field of psychology had a <i>moment</i>—possibly one of the most influential events in science last year. On August 27, 2015, a group called …

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3 salvoes in the reproducibility crisis

The reproducibility crisis in Psychology rumbles on. For the uninitiated, this is the general brouhaha we’re having over how reliable published …

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Reckoning with the Past

The Robin Hood of Science: The Missing Chapter

The tale of a young man driven to his death for fighting for what is right, and the young woman picking up where he left off.<br>Read More

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Meet the Robin Hood of Science

How one researcher created a pirate bay for science more powerful than even libraries at top universities.<br>Read More

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Psychology's Replication Crisis Has a Silver Lining

It’s an opportunity for the field to lead.<p>There is a crisis in psychology. It’s not those rare cases of outright fraud, as when the social psychologist Diedrik Stapel simply made up the results of dozens of experiments and published them in top journals. The more serious problem—the one that keeps …

How Reliable Are Psychology Studies?

A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down.<p>No one is entirely clear on how Brian Nosek pulled it off, including Nosek himself. Over the last three years, the psychologist from the University of Virginia persuaded …

How To Tell Good Studies From Bad? Bet On Them

A few years ago, psychologist Brian Nosek and two graduate students, Jeffrey Spies and Matt Motyl, conducted an experiment that measured people’s …

The Weak Science Behind the Wrongly Named Moral Molecule

No matter what all the articles, books, and TED talks say, Oxytocin isn't a “hug hormone.”<p>Ten years ago, <i>Nature</i> published a paper with a simple title: <i>Oxytocin increases trust in humans.</i><p>The paper described an experiment carried out by Swiss scientists, who asked volunteers to entrust money in an …

Can a Futures Market Save Science?

A creative solution for psychology’s replication problem<p>You read a scientific paper, look at the results, and ask yourself: <i>Are these real</i>? Do they reflect something genuine about the world, or are they statistical flukes? This ability to critically analyze publications girds all of science. It is …

Reproducibility Crisis: The Plot Thickens - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | November 10, 2015 1:36 pm<p>A new paper from British psychologists David Shanks and colleagues will add to the growing sense of a …

Report finds massive fraud at Dutch universities

Published online<p>1 November 2011| Nature 479, 15 (2011) | doi:10.1038/479015a<br>Updated online:1 November 2011<br>Updated online:8 December …

APA facilitated CIA torture programme at highest levels

The long-awaited independent report, commissioned by the American Psychological Association, into the role of the organisation in the CIA’s torture …

Psychology’s ‘registration revolution’

Moves to uphold transparency are not only making psychology more scientific – they are harnessing our knowledge of the mind to strengthen science<p>I’m the first to admit that the "registration revolution" sounds less like a banner for reforming science and more like the march of a thousand …

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A cautionary note about fMRI studies

I’ve been distracted lately — it’s end of the world semester time — and so I didn’t have time to comment on this recent PNAS paper that reports on …