Under what conditions does theory obstruct research progress?

  title={Under what conditions does theory obstruct research progress?},
  author={A. Greenwald and A. Pratkanis and M. R. Leippe and M. H. Baumgardner},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={93 2},
  • A. Greenwald, A. Pratkanis, +1 author M. H. Baumgardner
  • Published 1986
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological review
  • Researchers display confirmation bias when they persevere by revising procedures until obtaining a theory-predicted result. This strategy produces findings that are overgeneralized in avoidable ways, and this in turn hinders successful applications. (The 40-year history of an attitude-change phenomenon, the sleeper effect, stands as a case in point.) Confirmation bias is an expectable product of theorycentered research strategies, including both the puzzle-solving activity of T. S. Kuhn's… CONTINUE READING

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