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Addressing Challenges to Replicability in Behavioral and Psychological Science

Monday, June 4, 2012

Issues of research integrity and the replication of research findings are central concerns in all disciplines. These issues in the social and behavioral sciences have been receiving a great deal of recent attention. Current discussions have focused on strengthening the role of replication in advancing scientific knowledge, and recognizing and correcting false-positive results. On June 4, 2012, a group of senior behavioral scientists and federal agency officials gathered to explore issues related to replication and reporting of false-positive results and to begin to formulate strategies for researchers, journal editors, and funding organizations that might remedy these problems. This meeting was sponsored by the Association for Psychological Science, the National Institute on Aging, and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. A summary (PDF, 384 KB) of the challenges and ideas that were identified by the group is available here.