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Fri, Apr 08

How to make psychology studies more reliable

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 things are fine. The debate has become acrimonious, and predictably so. Scientist A fails to repeat B’s experiment and publishes their results, perhaps implying that the original study was p-hacked—that it used bad methodological practices which throw up positive but unreliable results. B gets defensive and accuses A of incompetence, ill intent, or bullying. Twitter has a field day. Rinse and repeat.

Read more from The Atlantic.