Throughout the history of psychology, attempting to objectively measure the highly dynamic phenomenon of human behaviour has given rise to an underappreciated margin of error. Today, as the discipline experiences increasing difficulty in reproducing the results of its own studies, such error not only threatens to undermine psychology's credibility but also leaves an indelible question: Is psychology actually a field of irreproducible science?
In this thought-provoking new book, author Brian Hughes seeks to answer this very question. In his incisive examination of the various pitfalls that determine `good' or `bad' psychological science - from poor use of statistics to systematic exaggeration of findings - Hughes shows readers how to critique psychology research, enhance its validity and reliability, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the way psychology research is produced, published, and promulgated in the twenty-first century.
This book is essential reading for students wanting to understand how to better scrutinise psychological research methods and results, as well as practitioners and those concerned with the replication debate.
Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on psychological stress and he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. He holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 1. Psychology's replication crisis2. Psychology's paradigmatic crisisPART TWO: DESCRIPTION3. Psychology's measurement crisis4. Psychology's statistical crisis5. Psychology's sampling crisis6. Psychology's exaggeration crisisPART THREE: ACTION7. Psychology's intractability crisis: the crisis of being in crisis8. Dealing with psychology's methodological crises