Failure Why the notion that only positive findings are important is an Alice in Wonderland view of reality

Psychology is in a state of flux. Ever since the prominent Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel admitted in 2011 to fabricating and manipulating the data in his work, the field’s research methods have been in the spotlight. The debate has focused on whether replication is a way to confirm accuracy. In theory, if a study was done properly, a research group should be able to reliably repeat it and get the same results. This view has long been a cornerstone of the scientific method. But is it realistic? If the answer is no, what does that mean for the field…

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