Day: May 1, 2021

Is the Scientific Method Broken? The Wallpaper Effect

(Essay found in Nesselroade & Grimm, 2019; pg. 17) The public has recently been informed about a troubling discovery in the world of social and medical science investigation; the non-reproducibility of many scientific findings. Titles like, ‘Scientific Regress,” (Wilson, 2016) “Does Social Science Have a Replication Problem?” (Tucker, 2016) and “Over Half of Psychology Studies Fail Reproducibility Test” (Baker, 2015) seem to be popping-up all over the place. The titles are unnerving and the issues that are raised are both real and serious. Briefly stated, an alarming amount of published research does not produce, when attempts at replication of the

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