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  • Psychology is in crisis over whether it’s in crisis

    Wired - 03/03/2016

    That has reduced this fight to one over statistics, which obscures the bigger question: Why were those studies so difficult to do over in the first place? Psychology experiments have to deal with humans—stupid, finicky humans who might act differently depending on the time of day, whether or not they’ve eaten, if they had a cigarette that day or enough sleep the night before. “These are not extraneous factors,” says Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern University. “These are important factors that impact the measurement of the outcome variables.”

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