CAMPBELL: On Perverse Incentives and Replication in Science

[NOTE: This is a repost of a blog that Doug Campbell wrote for his blogsite at] Stephen Hsu has a nice blog post on this topic. He writes about this common pattern: (1) Study reports results which reinforce the dominant,…

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Not to Sound Overly Dramatic, But Are Perverse Incentives Risking a “New Dark Age” in Science?

Recently, Paul Smaldino and Richard McElreath published the results of a computer simulation where scientific research is governed by “laws” of natural selection based on publishing “success.” Their finding that perverse incentives can cause “bad science” to push out good science…

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