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21 words that could clear up methods-reporting issues in psychology

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    The headline is slightly adapted from a Twitter post:
    I thought the "recent" was unnecessary, probably inaccurate.

    The lay article is at: "This Photo Shows Exactly Why You Should Be Skeptical Of Psychology Research"
    http://www.businessinsider.com/why-psychology-research-is-unreliable-2012-10

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  2. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    The full article is at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2160588


  3. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    Dolphin - I must admit to resisting so called "evidence based" sciience (see Wikipedia on the problems with - especially psychiatry). I did psychology at Uni and well know it's limitations in real medicine. Four real Docs in my own family, so anger at anything "psychological" intervening in ME is inevitable. Evidence based is surely the patient opposite.
  4. Simon

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    The authors of "21 Words" are also responsible for the famous "False-Positive Psychology" paper published last year that 'showed' listening to the The Beatles song "When I'm Sixty-Four" literally reduced people's age - as a demonstration that any results is possible if you tweak the analysis enough. It's an entertaining read, eg this concluding remark (note the authors have made very specific recommendations on how to fix the situation).

    You can read a shortish article about this paper in Psychology Today, or an even shorter piece here.
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