replication

In 2010, researchers from Columbia and Harvard Universities examined whether brief postural adjustments – ‘power poses’ – could produce positive psychological, behavioural and hormonal outcomes. Their experiment revealed an emphatic ‘yes’ on all three questions, with the...

The open science movement has gained momentum in recent years. With fresh appeals to the virtues of openness and transparency and an arsenal of emerging digital platforms, many ‘open science enthusiasts’ describe the potential for change as being analogous to the scientific...

At school, Neil Lewis Jr was always the ‘smart Black kid’. Aged nine, he and his family emigrated to Florida from his birthplace in Jamaica and he soon learned that his new classmates had low expectations of Black students. ‘They had a stereotype that Black people are not...

Moves towards a more reproducible, transparent, open way of ‘doing’ science have been creeping into the mainstream over several years. At the vanguard of this culture shift has been a generation of relatively junior front-line scientists, many sharing a shiny vision of...

In a move towards aligning efforts to improve the robustness and openness of research and tackle questionable research practices and reproducibility, 10 universities have joined the UK Reproducibility Network. Formed of...

These were not words I expected to hear Professor Lord Robert Winston say to a room of neuroscience researchers, students, publishers and funders: ‘Most of the stuff you publish is crap’. But given the replication crisis across sciences, they seem fair. What surprised me even...

‘The scientific world has changed’, claimed Professor Daryl O’Connor (University of Leeds, and Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Research Board), opening this symposium on ‘Moving Psychological Science Forward in Europe’. Since the publication of the Open Science...

The ‘Hands across the water’ session, bringing together the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland, has become a regular event at the Annual Conference. This year, an ‘s’ was added, with Amanda Clinton, Senior Director for the American...

Consider the basic premise ‘Does X cause Y?’ It’s at the root of almost any question of interest to the general public or policy makers. Does cognitive-behavioural therapy treat PTSD? Does the TV show 13 Reasons Why cause suicide in teens? Can implicit racism be...

We spoke to one of its founders, psychologist Professor Marcus Munafo (University of Bristol), along with other stakeholders. 

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