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2-004 - Replication, Reproducibility, and Research Accumulation in Developmental Science

Fri, March 22, 8:00 to 9:30am, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 310

Session Type: Invited Address

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Concerns about replication and the reproducibility of empirical findings have risen dramatically in psychology over the past decade. It is reasonable to ask whether developmental science is similarly facing such a “replication crisis” and, if so, what should be done about it. The first portion of this talk will review the concerns commonly raised in psychology and related disciplines, as well as recommendations put forth for encouraging replication, open science, and responsible data analysis practices. The second portion of this talk will consider the unique position of developmental science, relative to the experimental subdisciplines of psychology that have predominated much of the discussion about replication. Specifically, I will consider some of the challenges of replication and reproducibility with large, naturalistic, longitudinal studies, as well as the greater emphasis on contextual, developmental, and historic differences inherent in much of developmental research. The third portion of this talk will propose a new paradigm, in which individual study results are deemphasized and accumulating streams of multiple study results are prioritized as sources of knowledge within developmental science. Tools for facilitating this research accumulation will be described, as will challenges of this approach within our traditional approach conducting developmental science.

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Noel Card is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on both social development and developmental methodology. Specifically, he has studied the development of aggression and peer victimization, dyadic relationship with peers, and character development, primarily during middle childhood through adolescence. He uses and studies various quantitative methodologies, including methods for longitudinal data, dyadic data, and meta-analysis. He is former co-founder of the biennial Developmental Methods conference and is currently editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence.