In Psychology And Other Social Sciences, Many Studies Fail The Reproducibility Test

A researcher showed people a picture of The Thinker in an effort to study the link between analytical thinking and religious disbelief. In hindsight, the researcher called his study design "silly". The study could not be reproduced.

Many social sciences experiments couldn’t be reproduced in a new study, thus calling into question their findings. The field of social science is pushing hard to improve its scientific rigor.

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