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The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice

Chris Chambers Chris Chambers

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Princeton University Press
15 June 2019
Psychology; Cognitivism, cognitive theory; Psychological methodology; Philosophy of science; Scientific standards
Why psychology is in peril as a scientific discipline-and how to save it Psychological science has made extraordinary discoveries about the human mind, but can we trust everything its practitioners are telling us? In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that a lot of research in psychology is based on weak evidence, questionable practices, and sometimes even fraud. The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology diagnoses the ills besetting the discipline today and proposes sensible, practical solutions to ensure that it remains a legitimate and reliable science in the years ahead. In this unflinchingly candid manifesto, Chris Chambers shows how practitioners are vulnerable to powerful biases that undercut the scientific method, how they routinely torture data until it produces outcomes that can be published in prestigious journals, and how studies are much less reliable than advertised. Left unchecked, these and other problems threaten the very future of psychology as a science-but help is here.
By:   Chris Chambers
Preface by:   Chris Chambers
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691192277
ISBN 10:   0691192278
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   15 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Chris Chambers is professor of cognitive neuroscience in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University.

Reviews for The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice

I applaud Chambers for advocating reform of our science and this book for encouraging me to rethink our discipline. This book should be required reading for all graduate students and, of course, their mentors. --Dom Massaro, American Journal of Psychology Superb and exceedingly timely. . . . An impressive achievement. --Scott O. Lilienfeld and Thomas H. Costello, PsycCRITIQUES An excellent warts-and-all summary of the state of play in modern psychology. --Dean Burnett, The Guardian Passionate, provocative, and persuasive, Chambers' book is filled with information and insights about current practices in psychology--and offers recommendations to enhance transparency and reproducibility. --Glenn C. Altschuler, Psychology Today Psychology: it's not dead yet. But Chris Chambers makes a stark case for its having engaged in sins that call its validity into question. --Luna C. M. Centifanti, Times Higher Education Chris Chambers's portrait should sit high on the wall of heroes in the movement to reform science. --Barbara A. Spellman, Nature


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