S3E07: In Defense of Researcher Degrees of Freedom


In this episode, Greg and Patrick discuss the many places where researchers make decisions throughout the research process, and they weigh the pros and cons of those researchers having such decision-making freedom. Along the way, they also mention Lucky Charms, frozen waffles for dinner, the fifth down, forking paths, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, sharks in the water, the Dutch, bad actors, the Cyril Burt fan club, 3-ball corner pocket, Rush’s high priests, petulant teenagers, autopilot, cat rodeos, and the researcher notebook.

Additional Show Notes

Wicherts, J. M., Veldkamp, C. L., Augusteijn, H. E., Bakker, M., Van Aert, R., & Van Assen, M. A. (2016). Degrees of freedom in planning, running, analyzing, and reporting psychological studies: A checklist to avoid p-hacking. Frontiers in Psychology7, Article 1832.


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