Science. It Works. #7

Most scientists ‘can’t replicate studies by their peers’ Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. From his lab at the University of…

Science. It Works. #6

Bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome. Here’s how we fought back by Julie Rehmeyer If your doctor diagnoses you with chronic fatigue syndrome, you’ll probably get two pieces of advice: Go to a psychotherapist and get some exercise. Your doctor might tell you that either of those treatments will give you a 60…

Science. It Works. #5

fMRI bugs could upend years of research A whole pile of “this is how your brain looks like” fMRI-based science has been potentially invalidated because someone finally got around to checking the data. The problem is simple: to get from a high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain to a scientific conclusion, the brain…

Science. It Works. #4

Opinion: Buried in bullshit Tom Farsides and Paul Sparks smell trouble. … There is a worrying amount of outright fraud in psychology, even if it may be no more common than in other disciplines. Consider the roll call of those who have in recent years had high-status peer-reviewed papers retracted because of confirmed or suspected…

Science. It Works. #3

Scientific Regress by William A. Wilson The problem with ­science is that so much of it simply isn’t. Last summer, the Open Science Collaboration announced that it had tried to replicate one hundred published psychology experiments sampled from three of the most prestigious journals in the field. Scientific claims rest on the idea that experiments…

Science. It Works. #2

Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that. by Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman Stories like Stapel’s are what most people think of when they think about how science goes wrong: an unethical researcher methodically defrauding the public. But outright fraud is just one potential derailment from truth. And it’s actually a relatively rare…

Science. It Works. #1

First results from psychology’s largest reproducibility test Crowd-sourced effort raises nuanced questions about what counts as replication. An ambitious effort to replicate 100 research findings in psychology ended last week — and the data look worrying. Results posted online on 24 April, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, suggest that key findings from only 39…