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Psychology Colloquium: John Adair International Lecture
Start Date: 10/12/2018Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 10/12/2018End Time: 4:30 PM
Event Description:
Department of Psychology Colloquium
John Adair International Lecture 
present


"A crisis in social psychology or confusion about the logic of scientific discovery?"
Dr. Wolfgang Stroebe
Professor Emeritus at Groningen and Utrecht Universities


Friday, October 12, 2018
3:00 pm
P412 Duff Roblin Building

Wine & Cheese to follow lecture
All welcome


During my professional career, there have been two crises in our field, the first one between the mid-seventies to mid-eighties and the second one staring around 2012. Whereas the first crisis was mainly fought about the right paradigm for social psychology (e.g., Gergen, 1973), the second one is about the right methodology. It is a crisis of confidence triggered by several negative events starting with the Stapel fraud in 2012 and reaching a crisis point with the Open Science Collaboration project’s finding that social psychological research often failed to replicate. To address these issues, a number of methodological changes were introduced. There was also a call for more replication studies setting in motion a replication industry. The main section of my talk will focus on what can be learnt from the replication or non-replication of randomly selected studies. According to Popper’s (1959) theory of scientific discovery, we gain knowledge by developing theories and conducting strict tests of predictions derived from those theories. Single non-supportive results do not falsify well-supported theories. Theories are only falsified by multiple negative results and once one has another theory of greater empirical content Furthermore, the finding that a scientific result is replicable/not replicable is itself a scientific finding and as such, it is not final, but like all scientific findings, subject to scientific scepticism and to further examination. I think that social psychology is now at a crossroad. We must decide whether to continue to sharpen our methodological criteria in search of “true” effects or to use theoretical contribution as the main criterion in evaluating research. conducting strict tests of predictions derived from those theories. Single non-supportive results do not falsify well-supported theories. Theories are only falsified by multiple negative results and once one has another theory of greater empirical content Furthermore, the finding that a scientific result is replicable/not replicable is itself a scientific finding and as such, it is not final, but like all scientific findings, subject to scientific scepticism and to further examination. I think that social psychology is now at a crossroad. We must decide whether to continue to sharpen our methodological criteria in search of “true” effects or to use theoretical contribution as the main criterion in evaluating research.

Sponsored by the John Adair International Lecture Fund, The Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Fund, Department of Psychology, Dean's Office Faculty of Arts, and Centre on Aging.
Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Duff Roblin Building  (View Map)
190 Dysart Road
Winnipeg, MB
Room: P412
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie McMillan
Email: jamie.mcmillan@umanitoba.ca
Dr. Wolfgang Stroebe
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