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It’s getting increasingly difficult for replication-crisis sceptics to explain away failed replications

30 November 2018

Replicating a study isn’t easy. Just knowing how the original was conducted or having access to a similar sample of experimental participants isn’t enough.

As psychological researchers have known for a long time, all sorts of subtle cues can affect how individuals respond in experimental settings. A failure to replicate, then, doesn’t always mean that the effect being studied isn’t there – it can simply mean the new study was conducted a bit differently.

Many Labs 2, a project of the Center for Open Science at the University of Virginia, embarked on one of the most ambitious replication projects in psychology yet – and did so in a way designed to address these sorts of critiques, which have in some cases hampered past efforts.

Read more in a new post by guest blogger Jesse Singal on our Research Digest blog.


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