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Variability is not uniformly bad: The practices of psychologists generate research questions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 November 2001

Scott A. Huettel
Affiliation:
Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Department of Psychology, Experimental, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708 huettel@duke.edu
Gregory Lockhead
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Experimental, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708 lockhead@duke.edu

Abstract

The practices of economists increase experimental reproducibility relative to those of selected psychologists but should not be universally adopted. Procedures criticized by Hertwig and Ortmann as producing variable data are valuable, instead, for generating questions. The procedure of choice should depend on the theoretical goal: measure a known factor or learn what factors are important and need to be measured.

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