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《Studies of Psychology and Behavior》 2017-05
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A Crude Evaluation on the Two Roots of the Reproducibility Crisis in Psychology

LUO Dasen;Indiana University of Pennsylvania;  
The reproducibility crisis in psychology is known to have two roots, the root in the traditional statistical system of null hypothesis significance testing, and that in the academic tradition of psychology. This article was an attempt to crudely estimate the respective impacts of the two roots on the reproducibility crisis in psychology. The results reported by Open Science Collaboration(2015) were analyzed using the methods suggested by Goodman(1992) and by Cumming(2008) to roughly estimate the limiting influence on reproducibility imposed by the traditional system of statistics. The estimated limiting influence, although quite notable,appears to be far short of being able to account for the reproducibility rate as low as 36% indicated by the report, suggesting that factors other than the traditional system of statistics have played a tremendous role in the crisis. The model proposed by Ioannidis(2005) was adopted to analyze the possible impacts of factors other than the traditional system of statistics, and possible ranges of the joint impact of bias and the probability of true alternative hypotheses were extrapolated.The analysis led to estimates indicating that, of all original positive results, only no more than one third, and probably even less, was true positive, and a considerable portion of these positive results was caused by bias. These results may help explicate how these factors are likely to contribute to the current crisis.
【CateGory Index】: B841
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