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The Psychologist’s Green Thumb

Crüwell, Sophia (2023) The Psychologist’s Green Thumb. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The ‘psychologist’s green thumb’ refers to the argument that an experimenter needs an indeterminate set of skills to successfully replicate an effect. This argument is sometimes invoked by psychological researchers to explain away failures of independent replication attempts of their work. In this paper, I assess the psychologist’s green thumb as a candidate explanation for individual replication failure and argue that it is potentially costly for psychology as a field. I also present other, more likely reasons for these replication failures. I conclude that appealing to a psychologist’s green thumb is not a convincing explanation for replication failure.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Crüwell, Sophia0000-0003-4178-5820
Keywords: replication crisis, replication failure, psychology, experimenter skill
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Sophia Crüwell
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2023 13:09
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2023 13:09
Item ID: 22358
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 16 August 2023

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