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Investigation and its discontents: Some constraints on progress in psychological research

01 Oct 2007-Applied & Preventive Psychology (Elsevier)-Vol. 12, Iss: 1, pp 3
TL;DR: The authors examines a number of prominent trends in the conduct of psychological research and considers how they may limit progress in our field and discusses the distorting effects of certain kinds of experimental studies, together with their implications for progress in this field.
Abstract: This article examines a number of prominent trends in the conduct of psychological research and considers how they may limit progress in our field. Failure to appreciate important differences in temperament among researchers, as well as differences in the particular talents researchers bring to their work, has prevented the development in psychology of a vigorous tradition of fruitful theoretical inquiry. Misplaced emphasis on quantitative “productivity,” a problem for all disciplines, is shown to have particularly unfortunate results in psychology. Problems associated with the distorting effects of seeking grant support are shown to interact with the first two difficulties. Finally, the distorting effects of certain kinds of experimental studies are discussed, together with their implications for progress in this field.
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Research limitations in psychological studies?

The paper discusses several limitations in psychological research, including the failure to appreciate differences among researchers, misplaced emphasis on quantitative productivity, problems with seeking grant support, and the distorting effects of certain experimental studies.