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Nick Coles receives NSF International Fellowship to conduct research in the Netherlands for a year

Nick Coles, a Social Psychology doctoral student who works with Jeff Larsen, received an NSF International Fellowship to spend a year in the Netherlands at the Eindhoven University of Technology to do research.  His research project is titled, “What constitutes a successful replication? An examination of statistical criterion used to evaluate replication efforts in psychology.” Nick will receive a $22,000 stipend and $5,000 research budget and will be in the Netherlands from July 218 – July 2019.

A brief abstract of his project:

The increased role of replication in psychology has exposed that researchers do not agree on the fundamental issue of what constitutes a successful replication. For example, conclusions regarding the percentage of studies that successfully replicated in the Reproducibility Project: Psychology project (Open Science Collaboration, 2015) have been highly discrepant: min = 11%, max = 77%, M = 44.14%, SD = 23.88%. One reason researchers disagree about replication rates is ambiguity regarding how to statistically operationalize replication. At least 14 different statistical criteria have been proposed to evaluate replication data, and these different criteria are the source of the discrepant estimates of the replicability of psychology. The overarching goal outlined in this proposal is to perform a thorough analysis of the relative strengths and weakness of each approach to evaluating replication results.

Congratulations Nick and Jeff!

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