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Study Dashes Bucket of Cold Water on Psychologists

A massive study by 270 researchers, including three Reed psychologists, underscores one of the key challenges facing scientists today: Just how far can you trust scientific research published in professional, peer-reviewed journals?

According to this project, you should take it with a chunk of salt.

The study is sure to set off alarm bells in psychology labs around the world. “This one will make waves,” says Prof. Michael Pitts [psychology 2011–], who worked with Melissa Lewis ’13 to replicate one of the 100 experiments in Reed's SCALP lab. (The other Reed author is social psychologist Erin Westgate ’10 at the University of Virginia, who replicated another experiment.)

Learn more.

For more information, contact Robin Tovey or visit:
http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/sallyportal/posts/2015/study-casts-doubt-on-psych-research.html.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015

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