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Throughout the history of psychology, attempting to objectively measure the highly dynamic phenomenon of human behaviour has given rise to an underappreciated margin of error. Today, as the discipline experiences increasing...

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Throughout the history of psychology, attempting to objectively measure the highly dynamic phenomenon of human behaviour has given rise to an underappreciated margin of error. Today, as the discipline experiences increasing difficulty in reproducing the results of its own studies, such error not only threatens to undermine psychology’s credibility but also leaves an indelible question: Is psychology actually a field of irreproducible science?

In this thought-provoking new book, author Brian Hughes seeks to answer this very question. In his incisive examination of the various pitfalls that determine ‘good’ or ‘bad’ psychological science – from poor use of statistics to systematic exaggeration of findings – Hughes shows readers how to critique psychology research, enhance its validity and reliability, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the way psychology research is produced, published, and promulgated in the twenty-first century.

This book is essential reading for students wanting to understand how to better scrutinise psychological research methods and results, as well as practitioners and those concerned with the replication debate.

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  • The first textbook to analyse the various academic and professional crises that have engulfed psychology in recent years
  • Assumes little or no technical knowledge of psychology, making it suitable for students and general readers as well as professional psychologists
  • Probes and critiques the underlying issues, but points the way forward to a more confident and robust discipline

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
1. Psychology's replication crisis
2. Psychology's paradigmatic crisis
PART TWO: DESCRIPTION
3. Psychology's measurement crisis
4. Psychology's statistical crisis
5. Psychology's sampling crisis
6. Psychology's exaggeration crisis
PART THREE: ACTION
7. Psychology's intractability crisis: the crisis of being in crisis
8. Dealing with psychology's methodological crises.
aimed at students studying psychology in higher education, as well as lecturers, and lecturers  critically reviewing the failure in psychological research methods to provide reproducible results 
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Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on psychological stress and he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. He holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.

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Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on psychological stress and he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. He holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.

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