Can we trust psychological studies? We speak to Brian Earp, of Oxford University and Yale University, about how to respond when we’re told repeatedly that the veracity of eye-catching findings, or even cherished theories, has come under scrutiny. Brian also talks about his own experience of publishing a failed replication attempt – a must-listen for any researchers who are fearful of publishing their own negative findings. Find Brian on Twitter @BrianDavidEarp
Episode credits: Presented and produced by Christian Jarrett. Mixing and editing Jeff Knowler. PsychCrunch theme music Catherine Loveday and Jeff Knowler. Additional music Legrand Jones (via Pond5). Art work Tim Grimshaw.
Related articles and resources:
Coverage of the replication crisis by The Psychologist magazine including video of a recent debate on the crisis held by the British Psychological Society.
Commentary pieces by Brian Earp:
What did the OSC replication initiative reveal about the crisis in psychology? An open review of the draft paper entitled “Replication initiatives will not salvage the trustworthiness of psychology” by James C. Coyne
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