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The Key to Solving the Replication Crisis Is … Intellectual Humility?

[From the article “Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong” by Brian Resnick, published at Vox] “Julia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human…

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IN THE NEWS: Vox (July 31, 2017)

[From the article “What a nerdy debate about p-values shows about science — and how to fix it” by Brian Resnick at Vox.com]  “There’s a huge debate going on in social science right now. The question is simple, and strikes…

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IN THE NEWS: VOX (January 23, 2017)

[From the article “Cancer scientists are having trouble replicating groundbreaking research” from the Vox website] “Replication has emerged as a powerful tool to check science and get us closer to the truth. Researchers take an experiment that’s already been done,…

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OkCupid: Where Love and Data Transparency Don’t Match

Welcome to the tale of Emil Kirkegaard, a Danish postgraduate student, who has achieved worldwide notoriety for publishing data from the dating site, OkCupid.  The story is well-told in a Vox article by Brian Resnick (click here).  In addition to a…

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Publication Bias in Action: The Case of Oxytocin and Trust

[From the article, “How scientists fell in and out of love with the hormone oxytocin” in Vox:Science & Health]  This article recounts how initial laboratory research showing the hormone oxytocin induced trust between people eventually was demonstrated to be mostly Type I error….

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Recap of the Current “Replicability Crisis” in Psychology: No Pain No Gain?

[From the article “What psychology’s crisis means for the future of science” in Vox]  This article provides a nice summary of the recent controversy about replicability in psychology.  It concludes that this period of introspection is ultimately good for that discipline.  To…

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