Where Are We With the Replication “Crisis”

In 2015 Brian Nosek and 269 co-authors published their attempts at replicating 100 psychological studies from high impact journals. They reported that only 39 of the 100 attempts were successful, which means that 61% of the original results could not be replicated.

These results kicked off what has become known as the “Replication Crisis” in science. Only three years later, however, a more nuanced picture has emerged. As our own David Gorski has also noted – there is more of a problem than a crisis.

I think this reflects the position we often find ourselves taking here at SBM. We are somewhere between the two extremes. At one end are those who are naive or true-believers, who will cite one study as if it establishes a claim. At the other end are those who would dismiss the findings of science as hopelessly flawed.

The reality is somewhere in between. Science


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