Each Reader Decides If a Replication Counts; Reply to Schwarz and Clore (2016)
Psychological Science, Forthcoming
8 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 11, 2016
I agree with Schwarz & Clore on the importance of considering differences between original and replication studies when interpreting replication failures. I disagree on the proposition that without manipulation checks replications cannot be statistically analyzed as such, and disagree on their approach to considering hypotheses for why a replication failed. They stop after generating hypotheses, I show the benefits of also testing them. I propose a heuristic for deciding which design differences replicators should highlight in their articles. A unifying theme is that replicators are communicating with all readers, not just the original authors; the goal is informing the former rather than persuading the latter.
Keywords: Replication, Small Telescopes, Weather, Life-satisfaction
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