A Cumulative Evidence Base in Psychology


Scrutiny of the details of previous work’s measures is necessary to both inform how we should interpret existing findings and to increase measures’ future reuse potential. Transparency about the fine grain details of our measures allows others to reuse them with fidelity, and allows for the fidelity of measures to be checked between studies. These aspects of transparency and their scientific benefits have yet to be tapped by our field. If we want to build a cumulative evidence base in psychology, we need to standardise our measures and protocols. Psychologists need to stop remixing and recycling, and start reusing (measures, not toothbrushes).

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