By Lisa Feldman Barrett | The New York Times | September 1, 2015
IS psychology in the midst of a research crisis?
An initiative called the Reproducibility Project at the University of Virginia recently reran 100 psychology experiments and found that over 60 percent of them failed to replicate — that is, their findings did not hold up the second time around. The results, published last week in Science, have generated alarm (and in some cases, confirmed suspicions) that the field of psychology is in poor shape.
But the failure to replicate is not a cause for alarm; in fact, it is a normal part of how science works. Continue reading »