Psychological science has come of age. But the rights of a mature discipline carry with them responsibilities, among them the responsibility to maximize confidence in our findings through good data practices and replication.
The November issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), reflects the discipline's ongoing commitment to examine methodological issues that affect all areas of science — such as failures to replicate previous findings and problems of bias and error — with the goal of strengthening our discipline and contributing to the discussion that is taking place throughout science.
The issue features two special sections: one on replicability and one on research methods.
The special section on replicability brings together articles that examine the extent, causes, and solutions to some of the challenges faced by psychological science with regard to replication of research. The first nine articles in the section focus on diagnosing the problems within psychological science, while the next six articles discuss potential solutions. The aim of this special section is not to provide definitive answers, but to promote discussion and collective action to strengthen our science.
"We hope that the articles in this special section will not only be stimulating and pleasurable to read, but that they will also promote much wider discussion and, ultimately, collective actions that we can take to make our science more reliable and more reputable," write the section editors Harold Pashler of the University of California, San Diego and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
The special section on research methods features articles that examine various aspects of research methodology, including the problem of false negatives and different approaches to detecting fraud. The section also includes a report on the goals, structure, and state of the Reproducibility Project from the Open Science Collaboration and a tongue-in-cheek take on questionable research practices in psychological science.
Because these topics are so important and so central to the scientific enterprise, APS is making the entire issue available to non-subscribers free for three months.
Association for Psychological Science: http://www.psychologicalscience.org
This press release was posted to serve as a topic for discussion. Please comment below. We try our best to only post press releases that are associated with peer reviewed scientific literature. Critical discussions of the research are appreciated. If you need help finding a link to the original article, please contact us on twitter or via e-mail.
Coca-Cola is funding a new nonprofit that blames obesity on lack of exercise, not on bad diets. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times about the group's controversial message.
Today sees the publication of the report of an independent review of the contentious use of metrics — numerical indicators of performance — in the assessment of UK research and researchers. Can it plot a sensible course in a world increasingly obsessed with numbers?
The university’s ruling council will release a statement today, although the scientist will not be reinstated, provost Michael Arthur has said
Shutting other people up when you’re powerful but frightened isn’t defending academic freedom. It’s repressing itTwo weeks ago, a Nobel Laureate made some ill-advised remarks in front of the World Conference of Science Journalism.Whether or not these were intended as a joke is irrelevant at this stage; the remarks were made, people got offended, and the rest is history. Sir Tim Hunt offered his resignation from an honorary position (with no responsibilities and no salary) at University College London, and it was accepted. Again, whether he was pushed or whether he jumped is today of little concern. Continue reading...
In the wake of #Huntgate, here is a handy list of actions that individuals could commit to if they really want to see a change in the working environment coupled with a genuine move towards equality
Until women are given more of a voice and power in traditional organisations, calling out sexism on social media often remains our only recourse
Today I was thrilled to be announced as the recipient of this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award, but I’m concerned that engineering in general is hiding in plain sight
With the announcement of Tim Hunt’s resignation from UCL comes an opportunity to reflect on the women in science who were part of his success
Female scientsts take to Twitter to respond to the Nobel laureate’s comments about women crying in labs Female scientists have taken to Twitter to mock Tim Hunt’s suggestion that science would benefit from “single-sex labs” by posting pictures of themselves at work using the #distractinglysexy hashtag.
The Nobel prizewinner’s ‘trouble with girls’ comments are toxic as well as nonsense – discrimination in science is endemic