Opinion | Psychological Studies, Reassessed | Arthur C. Evans Jr., American Psychological Association | The New York Times
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"To the Editor: Re “Psychology Is Having a ‘Reformation Moment’” (Science Times, July 17):
Scientific progress requires a critical perspective accompanied by the willingness and courage to re-examine accepted interpretations and the data supporting them. I was heartened to read your evenhanded article about the need to question and, if possible, replicate some of the seminal experiments in psychological science. We are proud that psychologists are at the forefront of those calling for reassessment of earlier research. The American Psychological Association has embraced the move toward more open science, encouraging the scientists whose work we publish to deposit their data in online repositories for other researchers to scrutinize and reanalyze. Recognizing that this process depends on broad awareness of data availability, we have also begun to mark articles with badges denoting that the study methods were preregistered and that the author is sharing data or related materials. You noted the importance of psychological science to people’s everyday lives. This reality confers the responsibility that our science be conducted in a context of transparency and scientific accountability. The association shares this philosophy and is committed to the principle that research findings should be verifiable and, when merited, confirmed.
Arthur C. Evans Jr.
The writer is chief executive of the American Psychological Association."