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How to produce credible research, on anything

Zoltán Kekecs, Department of Psychology, Lund University Related


How can we trust research produced by others, and how can we show others that the research we produce can be trusted? What would it take for you to trust a result that directly contradicts your prior beliefs? A host of credibility enhancing approaches will be discussed including crowdsourced research design, automation, trusted third party oversight, tamper evident seals on data and software, documented training, lab logs, and radical transparency about the whole research pipeline. These techniques and their consequences are presented in the context of a massive multilab replication of one of Bem’s 2011 parapsychology experiments investigating human precognitive abilities that shocked psychological science and contributed to the initiation of the reformist movement on the field.