08/28/2015

Putting Scientific Research to the Test

17:25 minutes

Replicating results is one of the cornerstones of science, so why is it so difficult to reproduce a study? In a paper published in Science, collaborators with the Reproducibility Project tried to reproduce the results of 100 psychology studies. The researchers were only able to successfully produce the original results in less than half of the studies. Psychologist Brian Nosek, coordinator of the project, discusses the challenges in reproducing studies, and Leonard Freedman, from the Global Biological Standards Institute, explains the economic cost of irreproducibility in science.

Segment Guests

Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek is executive director of the Center for Open Science and a psychology professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virgini.

Leonard Freedman

Leonard Freeman is president of the Global Biological Standards Institute in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.