IN THE NEWS: NY Times (May 27, 2016)

In an article entitled “Why Do So Many Studies Fail to Replicate,” Jay Van Bavel, an associate professor of psychology at NYU, writes: “In a paper published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, my collaborators and I shed new light on this issue. Our results suggest that many of the studies failed to replicate because it was difficult to recreate, in another time and place, the exact same conditions as those of the original study.”  The example the author gives is a study he did in Canada in 2006 on people’s emotional responses to famous people.  The replication was to be done in 2016, in the US.  Likely the “famous people” used in the Canadian study (e.g., Jean Chretien, Don Cherry and Karla Homolka) would not carry over the geographical and time divide to the replication.  To read more, click here.

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