After great popularity, the idea of power poses came under fire.
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For a while it was all the rage to adopt Wonder Woman’s famous stance and other body positions that allegedly pumped up your confidence – until more studies of the phenomenon failed to find the connection.
How can researchers tell if male and female dinosaurs, like the stegosaur, were different?
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The lack of large numbers of fossils makes it hard to study sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs. But a new statistical approach offers insight into this question and others across science.
Researchers found the letters X, Y, and Z make tweets more shareable. The nonsensical result shows how easily statistics can be misused.
Behind a lot of news headlines often lie either questionable, oversold or misinterpreted research findings. So what should readers be aware of when reading news that contain scientific claims?
Australia’s behavioral economics unit publishes rather than hides the results of its unsuccessful experiments.
George Christensen and Bob Katter seem to be using the science replication crisis to cast doubt on research findings that farmers don’t like.
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Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
Some studies don’t hold up to added scrutiny.
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Rising evidence shows that many psychology studies don’t stand up to added scrutiny. The problem has many scientists worried – but it could also encourage them to up their game.
Some scientists think it’s time to hang up statistical significance.
Two prestigious journals have suggested abandoning the traditional test of the strength of a study’s results. But a statistician worries that this would make science worse.
There is a growing research literature suggesting psychedelics hold incredible promise for treating mental health ailments ranging from depression and anxiety to PTSD.
To know the real promise of psychedelic substances like LSD, mushrooms and MDMA, researchers must embrace the principles and practise of ‘open science.’
Negative results are still useful, and should not be hidden.
Questionable research practices are not fraud, and they’re not cause for panic. But they do give us some hints about how we can make science more robust.
Economist, author and MP Andrew Leigh spoke to Fiona Fidler about how we should be using randomised trials more to drive decisions and policy in public life.
Bad research techniques have called into question the results of many psychology studies. Fixing the problem starts with making sure students don’t pick up bad habits.