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 …

Psychology

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, …

Research

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 …

Research

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 …

Research

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, …

Data Science

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 …

Research

Failure Is Moving Science Forward

The replication crisis is a sign that science is working.<p>While I paced around the green room at a recent TEDx event in Colorado, one of the other …

Science Isn’t Broken

It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.<p>If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. Peer …

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 …

Statistics

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, …

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 …

Psychology

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 …

Research

Reckoning with the Past