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Double Trouble? The Communication Dimension of the Reproducibility Crisis in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience

Hensel, Witold M. (2020) Double Trouble? The Communication Dimension of the Reproducibility Crisis in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 10 (3). ISSN 1879-4912

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Abstract

Most discussions of the reproducibility crisis focus on its epistemic aspect: the fact that the scientific community
fails to follow some norms of scientific investigation, which leads to high rates of irreproducibility via a high rate of false positive findings. The purpose of this paper is to argue that there is a heretofore underappreciated and
understudied dimension to the reproducibility crisis in experimental psychology and neuroscience that may prove
to be at least as important as the epistemic dimension. This is the communication dimension. The link between communication and reproducibility is immediate: independent investigators would not be able to recreate an experiment whose design or implementation were inadequately described. I exploit evidence of a replicability and reproducibility crisis in computational science, as well as research into quality of reporting to support the claim that a widespread failure to adhere to reporting standards, especially the norm of descriptive completeness, is an important contributing factor in the current reproducibility crisis in experimental psychology and neuroscience.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Hensel, Witold M.whensel@poczta.onet.pl0000-0003-1786-3622
Keywords: replication crisis in psychology and neuroscience; quality of reporting; descriptive completeness; reproducibility; replicability
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Witold M. Hensel
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 02:24
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 02:24
Item ID: 18190
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-020-00317-6
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 1 October 2020
Volume: 10
Number: 3
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18190

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