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ERIC Number: EJ1146595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
A Successful Test of Parallel Replication Teams in Teaching Research Methods
Standing, Lionel G.; Astrologo, Lisa; Benbow, Felecia F.; Cyr-Gauthier, Chelsea S.; Williams, Charlotte A.
Psychology Teaching Review, v22 n1 p49-57 Spr 2016
This paper describes the novel use of parallel student teams from a research methods course to perform a replication study, and suggests that this approach offers pedagogical benefits for both students and teachers, as well as potentially contributing to a resolution of the replication crisis in psychology today. Four teams, of five undergraduates each, independently attempted exact replications of Study 8 by Gailliot et al. (2007), which reported that participants' self-control is enhanced by consuming a glucose drink. In a 2 × 2 independent groups design, participants (N = 306) first consumed a glucose drink or a placebo, and then wrote about death, intended to deplete their self-control, or dental pain as a control condition. Absolute levels of self-control were lower here than in the target article (shown by more items left unsolved in a word puzzle), but its main result was replicated, since self-control overall was raised by the glucose drink. Also, the teams reliably reported similar effects for the experimental treatments (ICC = 0.928). Two differences from the target study results were noted: the glucose effect occurred only with female participants, and no effect was found from the writing scenario used.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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