Researchers: Two-thirds of psychology papers should be distrusted?


What’s hot? What’s rot?/Niklas Bildhauer, Wikimedia

Is the field full of “undead” theories? From Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience:

Science is embattled in a raging replication crisis, in which researchers are unable to reproduce a number of key findings. On the front lines of this conflict is psychology. In a 2015 review of 98 original psychology papers, just 36 percent of attempted replications returned significant results, whereas 97 percent of the original studies did.

“Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature,” reporter Monya Baker warned. “In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted.”

How did psychology reach such a sorry state of affairs? Back in 2012, when the replication crisis was just beginning to gain prominence in the popular media, psychology professors Moritz Heene and Christopher Ferguson, respectively from Ludwig Maximilian University and Stetson University, offered a blunt, upsetting hypothesis: The field is sliding towards a state of being unfalsifiable, and its adherents either don’t notice or don’t seem to care.More.

It’s fair to say that psychology and “social sciences” generally are dragging the science brand down. Everyone recognizes that they are in no way objective but no one wants to do anything about it except bellyache that the public “hates science.”

No, the public does not hate science. But the company that the hard sciences keep these days tends to cause many more people to have legitimate doubts. And it hardly helps when science morphs into politics.

See also: Seven myths of social psychology

Even Michael Shermer thinks social science is politically biased


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  • DJ

    Psychology has long been used to justify the agenda of the left, I’m sure much to the chagrin of those doing legitimate work. One need only look at the transgender issue to see how fluid their definitions are. When Freud was wrong about practically everything, Kinsey trafficked in pedophilia to conduct his “research” and he is one of the forefathers of normalizing depravity, the discipline really needs to examine the shoulders upon which it has built its discipline, which seems to lack much discipline at all and is rife with examples of questionable ethics when it comes to not only it’s research, but in the promulgating of their findings, which this article clearly points out, are often half-baked.

  • Clink9

    When people get paid to write, lots of it will end up being shit they made up.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    I think Psychology Is a whack job science thats not science. Any fool can be bullshitted.

  • Millie_Woods

    The real number is three-thirds.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Or if not we can just peer view all papers by art critics because they’re pretty much the same as ‘social sciences’

  • The Butterfly

    So we’re better off believing the opposite of what the studies tell us?

  • robins111

    Psychology is a feeble attempt to fulfil the role that the parrish priest did in the past. Not only do they do the job poorly but obsessivly try to insert leftist ideology into the prognosis.

    Not everything is about who you screw and talking about real or imagined past history can have the same effect as tearing a scab off to introduce new infection.

    The profession of Psycho-therapists is filled with the most profoundly fucked up people you have ever talked to. Not my first choice for advice