Reproducibility Project Essay

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There is no crisis in the field of Psychology or Social Sciences research. In the past few years, there have been an increased number of retractions and fabrication incidents in the psychology and social sciences research, which caused speculations that these fields are currently in a crisis. Recently, an initiative called “Reproducibility Project” was conducted at the University of Virginia that reran 100 psychology experiments from three reputed psychology journals and stated that over 60% of the experiments failed to replicate (Barrett, 2014). Three famous studies that were cited numerous times and which form basis for many research studies, that failed to replicate in this project were Free will and cheating, Cleanliness and morality, and …show more content…
The replication studies were conducted in different conditions and contexts, and with different subjects. The reasons for variations in the results could be cultural differences, geographical locations, age groups etc. The material utilized in the original studies is outmoded and subjects were even manipulated in the certain situations. The original studies cannot be generalized to every situation or condition, as two experiments with same data can perform differently under separate conditions and environmental influences. Failure to replicate a study does not mean that the original experiment is bad, it leads to new discoveries that are valid in current conditions. Not completely comprehending the reproducibility project or misunderstanding the context, is also leading the society to believe there is a …show more content…
Wilson (2012) suggests that there are many therapies such as Cognitive behavioral therapy, interventions etc. that have helped reduce depression, child abuse, risk of teenage pregnancies among many others, which are developed using random clinical trials. Some random experiments such as Critical incident stress debriefing, Dare Anti-drug program etc. have failed but have been useful in identifying what methods work and what don’t. Random controlled experiments are highly possible and even in cases of failures, they provide valuable information. Currently, many researchers are suggesting that larger sample sizes should be considered in these experiments. Along with that, there should be an incentive/reward system (allocated from the funding of the research project) that should encourage the trial participants to not to leave in the middle of trials in order to maintain the size and possibly add more subjects to have accurate results. While creating a hypothesis to test using the random experiments, the researcher should try to generate many alternatives that could be contradictory to the proposed hypothesis. In doing so, a researcher is ensuring that the experiments and research conducted has no

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