An Agenda for Purely Confirmatory Research

  title={An Agenda for Purely Confirmatory Research},
  author={Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Ruud Wetzels and D. Borsboom and Han L. J. van der Maas and Rogier A Kievit},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={632 - 638}
  • Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Ruud Wetzels, +2 authors Rogier A Kievit
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • The veracity of substantive research claims hinges on the way experimental data are collected and analyzed. In this article, we discuss an uncomfortable fact that threatens the core of psychology’s academic enterprise: almost without exception, psychologists do not commit themselves to a method of data analysis before they see the actual data. It then becomes tempting to fine tune the analysis to the data in order to obtain a desired result—a procedure that invalidates the interpretation of the… CONTINUE READING
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