The empirical bene fi ts of conceptual rigor : Systematic articulation of conceptual hypotheses can reduce the risk of non-replicable results ( and facilitate novel discoveries too )

@inproceedings{Schaller2016TheEB,
  title={The empirical bene fi ts of conceptual rigor : Systematic articulation of conceptual hypotheses can reduce the risk of non-replicable results ( and facilitate novel discoveries too )},
  author={Mark Schaller},
  year={2016}
}
Most discussions of rigor and replication focus on empirical practices (methods used to collect and analyze data). Typically overlooked is the role of conceptual practices: The methods scientists use to arrive at and articulate research hypotheses in the first place. This article discusses how the conceptualization of research hypotheses has implications for methodological decision-making and, consequently, for the replicability of results. The article identifies three ways in which empirical… CONTINUE READING