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Reproducibility in psychology: theoretical distinction of different types of replications

Baucal, Aleksandar, Gillespie, Alex ORCID: 0000-0002-0162-1269, Krstić, Ksenija and Zittoun, Tania (2019) Reproducibility in psychology: theoretical distinction of different types of replications. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 54 (1). pp. 152-157. ISSN 1932-4502

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s12124-019-09499-y


Debates about replication in psychology have focused on methodological issues and how to strengthen the replication culture. In most cases, these discussions have tended to assume that the phenomena being investigated are universal. In this paper, we are going to propose a theoretical distinction of different types of replication. The distinction is based on the assumption that besides of universal psychological phenomena there are also phenomena, especially in social and cultural psychology, that are expected to vary between socio-cultural contexts and across history. Taking this insight to its logical conclusion it implies that the main purpose of a replication and interpretation of its results depends on the phenomenon being studied. In the case of the universal phenomena, the replication serves to validation purpose, while in the case of the socio-cultural phenomenon it serves to advance our theoretical understanding of how the given phenomenon is formatted by the socio-cultural-historical context.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:49

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