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    Crisis in cognitive science? Rise of the undead theories

    Heene, Moritz and Coyne, James and Francis, Greg and Maguire, Phil and Maguire, Rebecca (2014) Crisis in cognitive science? Rise of the undead theories. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Society. Cognitive Science Society, pp. 82-83.

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    The controversy that followed the publication of Bem’s (2011) surprising results had the merit of focusing discussions on the validity of the current paradigm in psychological science. It has been argued that a tendency of journals to avoid publishing null results, in addition to the further extinguishing of null results through questionable researcher practices, is leading to the promulgation of a multitude of ‘undead’ theories that have little basis in fact (Ferguson & Heene, 2012; Francis, 2012). At the same time, the field of AI has met with success precisely by abandoning theory, prompting Noam Chomsky to remark that it is deviating from anything previously seen in the history of science (see Cristianini, 2014). In this symposium the speakers consider whether current theories offered by psychological science are valuable, whether there might be inherent obstacles which are preventing the identification of valuable theories, and whether psychological theory even matters at all.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Publication bias; falsification; fail-safe number; excess significance; overfitting; theory resistance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 12627
    Depositing User: Rebecca Maguire
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 15:28
    Publisher: Cognitive Science Society
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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