On the Limitations of Manipulation Checks: An Obstacle Toward Cumulative Science

@article{Fayant2017OnTL,
  title={On the Limitations of Manipulation Checks: An Obstacle Toward Cumulative Science},
  author={Marie-Pierre Fayant and H. Sigall and A. Lemonnier and Emilie Retsin and Theodore Alexopoulos},
  journal={Revue Internationale De Psychologie Sociale-international Review of Social Psychology},
  year={2017},
  volume={30},
  pages={125}
}
Manipulation checks do not allow ruling out or accepting alternative explanations of causal effects (Sigall & Mills, 1998). In order to gauge the influence of this argument on current research practices, we surveyed the views of researchers on manipulation checks. Results confirmed that a manipulation check still stands as a totem of experimental rigor. Except in rare circumstances, such as when pilot testing, manipulation checks do not provide information relevant to construct validity. While… Expand
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