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Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Reproducibility in Psychology

December 23, 2015

Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Tackling psychology’s reproducibility problem.



Cleaning up psychology. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Each year, the editors of Science magazine pick the biggest breakthroughs of the past year, and here on Science Update, we’re counting down the top contenders. Today’s winner, psychologists address the field’s low rate of reproducibility—how it’s hard to get the same results twice. Science deputy news editor Robert Koontz explains how, this year, psychologists started tackling the problem head on.

ROBERT COONTZ (Science magazine):

They just started really making this replication and transparency a much more important part of the psychological publication process. They make their methods clear; emphasizing reproducibility so that the published papers will be more reliable and much more credible. This is sort of breakthrough in procedures that will lead to better psychological papers.


The new strategy could prompt other scientific fields to follow suit. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.