2019 AAPB Webinar 5: How Can We Improve the Rigor and Replicability of Applied Psychophysiology
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Scientific results, including those from psychology, neuroscience, and across areas of psychophysiology and biofeedback, are facing considerable scrutiny due to a high number of false positive findings and meager replication rates. There are a number of factors contributing to poor replication; yet, incentives for improved research remain behind the need for enhancement. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback research are not immune to questions regarding rigor and replication. I provide evidence for the difficulties currently experienced in scientific research, including applied psychophysiology. I then provide a series of examples and opportunities for improvement, including increasing sample sizes through collaboration, decreasing researcher flexibility, increasing measurement precision, strengthening reporting standards, and shifting incentive structures. I end with a discussion of registered reports and pre-registration and how these can be used to strengthen applied psychophysiology research.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Identify the key features of the current replication difficulties and how these difficulties are seen in applied psychophysiology.
- Explain ways for improving the rigor and replication of psychophysiology research.
- Compare pre-registration and registered reports as ways to reduce researcher flexibility and “p-hacking” in order to improve applied psychophysiology research credibility.