270 scientists involved in The Reproducibility Project: Psychology managed to replicate 100 psychological studies in half the original time in order to verify whether the studies are legitimate or not. The team was led by Psychology led by Brian Nosek from the University of Virginia tried to reproduce the findings of the 2008 studies that appeared in the three top psychological journals all over the world. The paper was published in the journal Science.
Co-author of the study Cody Christopherson from Southern Oregon University made it clear that this project does not prove that there is soemthing wrong, but it is just an example of what science does. In science it is not possible to be wrong in a final sense. It only takes many times before you are right and thins means you have to be wrong only temporary, he added.
The research team managed to finish their project in half of the time needed previously with 60 percent of the studies that did not hold up. No evidence of fraud was fond and the scientists did not manage to confirm whether the results of the original study were patently false or wrong. The researchers remarked that this paper simply indicates that the proof presented in the majority of the studies is not as strong as it was believed by its authors.
A study is considered to be reproducible when another independent research team conducts a research which was already published and obtains the same result after respected the original methods used in the first place. It is vital for a research to be reproducible in order to gather data that supports a certain theory.
Scientists aim to contribute reliable knowledge but also need to produce results that help them keep their job as a researcher. To thrive in science, researchers need to earn publications, and some kinds of results are easier to publish than others, particularly ones that are novel and show unexpected or exciting new directions.”
He also explained that the reason for this the fact that journals are more likely to publish researchers that reveal unexpected findings and do not pay much attention to research that analyzes the reproducibility of other studies since they may not be as appealing.
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