Can the Behavioral Sciences Self-Correct? A Social Epistemic Study

Felipe Romero Toro

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Abstract

Advocates of the self-corrective thesis argue that scientific method will refute false theories and find closer approximations to the truth in the long run. I discuss a contemporary interpretation of this thesis in terms of frequentist statistics in the context of the behavioral sciences. I show how long-run correction of error depends on the interaction between statistical inference methods and social conditions that affect every experiment: availability of resources (economic), experimenter biases (psychological), and accepted norms of publication (social norms). I argue that this interaction explains the "replicability crisis" in social psychology better than purely methodological explanations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55
Number of pages69
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science: Part A
Volume60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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