Yeah. Another one bites the dust. Ego depletion:
Despite the failure to replicate, the researchers don’t believe their study is enough to invalidate ego depletion altogether, just that the effect may be more limited than has previously been theorized.
Ego depletion is not the first big idea in psychology to face replication problems. A key theory, priming, took a notable hit last year.
Some social psychologists, like Harvard University’s Jason Mitchell, have fired back at detractors, suggesting that they are impugning the integrity of their colleagues, overstating the problems of publication bias, and are likely producing “false negative” results.
They should quit using North American university students.
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