P-hacking is a common and persistent problem in research, with impacts on the scientific literature, reporting, and practice in medicine. But what is it, really?
Let's explore dueling narratives about the reproducibility "crisis."
Does a recent study demonstrate that being kind to yourself has benefits for your mental and physical health?
Researchers propose to get rid of the use statistical significance in science reporting. The idea has merit.
Reader's Digest is advertising a memory aid, Prevagen, that has been tested and shown not to work. Shame on them!
The p-value is under fire yet again, but this time with some quick-and-dirty solutions (and some long-and-onerous ones too) to the problems created by relying on this quick-and-dirty test.
A detailed discussion of infant colic plus a few more thoughts on why acupuncture does not play a role in science-based management.
Another low-quality acupuncture study falls victim to p-hacking and spreads unsupported claims for the efficacy of this failed treatment.
The greatest strength of science is that it is self-critical. Scientists are not only critical of specific claims and the evidence for those claims, but they are critical of the process of science itself. That criticism is constructive – it is designed to make the process better, more efficient, and more reliable. One aspect of the process of science that has received...