Title

Correction of errors in scientific research

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1996

Abstract

Four ways to reduce scientific errors are by tests of equipment and programs, examination of results, peer review, and replication. This article describes various types of errors that may occur and procedures available for the prevention and correction of both unintentional and intentional errors in experiments that use computer programs to generate the stimuli, record the responses, or analyze the data. We describe a case study of a particular experiment that produced a result that has been found to be erroneous. The case study provides additional evidence of the essential importance of replication for the identification and elimination of scientific error.

Publication Title

Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers

Volume

28

Issue

2

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