I’m sure it’s an outlier

Vox and Slate have been attentive to a recent observation that the field of psychology research is rife with fraud basically, the tail wagging the dog in terms of what conclusions are drawn from study.


The ‘tail wagging’ seems rightfully articulated as the old publish or perish motivations of collegiate research faculty.  They exaggerate the conclusions of their study to make a bigger splash on the academic paper circuit. And ya know, probably a trick of the trade is to do it in ways that conform to tribal intuitiveness about the subject matter, and plays to biases.   Bottom line, a zingier research finding enhances prestige, exposes better job opportunities to all involved ($).  … Quite the unhealthy feedback loop there… not a conspiracy, just a ginormous, unholy feedback loop that got going.

I’m just glad researchers who study climate change are immune from that sort of thing, and we can have the rock solid certitude in their findings that we do.


One thought on “I’m sure it’s an outlier

  1. pm1956

    there is a significant difference. The problem with psychology is the apparent lack of the ability to replicate the findings–mostly because psychologists generally do not try to repeat experiments. And when psychologists do try to replicate some of the studies that have been performed, often they cannot replicate them. And there is another problem with psychological studies–the WEIRD problem ( http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/05/weird.aspx ). Psychology studies are almost always done on college students–but just how representative are college students of the general population? Answer–not very.

    Climate science does not suffer from either of these shortcomings. Climate studies are replicated (usually successfully) all the time.


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