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Replication and Scientific Practices

How to Combat Racial Bias: Start in Childhood

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Racial bias can seem like an intractable problem. Psychologists and other social scientists have had difficulty finding effective ways to counter it – even among people who say they support a fairer, more egalitarian society. One likely reason for the difficulty is that most efforts have been directed toward adults, whose biases and prejudices are often firmly entrenched.

The Secret to Easy Theory

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By Kurt Gray

We all know Kurt Lewin’s aphorism “there is nothing so practical as a good theory.” Unfortunately there is a divide between knowing theory’s importance and knowing exactly how to do it.  How should one represent the structure of science—the nomological net of ideas? This post explores a new and simple way to depict theory: theory mapping.

Bad Science Evolves. Stopping it Means Changing Institutional Selection Pressures

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By Paul E. Smaldino

Science is awesome, but it ain’t perfect. If you’ve been paying attention to the so-called “crises of reproducibility” in the behavioral, biomedical, and social sciences, you know that false positives and overblown effect sizes appear to be rampant in the published literature.

The State of Our Science: Executive Board Perspectives

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By SPSP Board of Directors

Science advances largely by correcting errors, and scientific progress involves learning from mistakes. By eliminating errors in methods and theories, we provide a stronger evidentiary basis for science that allows us to better describe events, predict what will happen, and solve problems.