Can Psychology Reason Its Way Out Of A Replication Crisis?
Some studies in the field of psychology have trouble replicating the same results, but is that problem really as bad as it seems?By Ryan Biek | July 18, 2015
Replication. It's the cornerstone of science. Experiments in physics, chemistry, and biology are supposed to show the same results, every time. But psychology seems to be running into some problems.
The issue was magnified in a special issue of Social Psychology. The journal published a failed replication of a 2008 moral judgment study that had been cited almost 200 times.
The replicators in this recent study failed to get the same findings in the original experiment. One even called it an "epic fail" in a blog post. And it grabbed a lot attention.