In honor of International Day of Happiness, I’m posting my SPSP talk from a few weeks ago, where I discuss happiness research during the replication crisis. I talk about some good things about happiness research, and also some things that could be improved. But more importantly, I brag about my seventh grade awards, talk about the type of happiness research that I’m most skeptical about, praise some data thugs, and tell the story of how we became replication bullies.
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Are there areas within psychology that don’t currently have a problem with replicability? Should certain subdisciplines of psychology be exempt from new policies designed to improve the rigor, replicability, and reproducibility of psychological research? I argue that at the very least we don’t know yet, but that the answer to both questions is likely to be ‘no’.
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Arguments about expertise and context dependence are often dismissed as defensive and unscientific reactions to failed replications; but what do we do when a hero of the replication movement emphasizes the importance of these factors when evaluating failed replications?
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Rich Lucas

Personality psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Interested in personality and well-being, measurement, and replicability.


United States