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Growth from uncertainty: understanding the replication 'crisis' in infant psychology

Lavelle, Jane Suilin (2023) Growth from uncertainty: understanding the replication 'crisis' in infant psychology. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Psychology is a discipline that has a high number of failed replications, which has been characterised as a ‘crisis’ on the assumption that failed replications are indicative of
untrustworthy research. This paper uses Chang’s concept of epistemic iteration to show how a research programme can advance epistemic goals despite many failed replications.
It illustrates this through analysing an on-going large-scale replication attempt of Southgate’s 2007 work exploring infants’ understanding of false beliefs. It concludes that
epistemic iteration offers a way of understanding the value of replications — both failed and successful — that contradicts the narrative centred around distrust.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lavelle, Jane Suilin000000344090864
Keywords: replication crisis, epistemic iteration, false belief, reproducibility, scientific progress
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Jane Suilin Lavelle
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2023 01:33
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 01:33
Item ID: 22679
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Developmental Psychology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22679

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