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In an unusual move, psychologists have published a paper explaining that they failed. Specifically, they could not duplicate the results of an earlier experiment on how humans form memories. Many in the scientific community applaud the move, and say there should be more papers about failure to reproduce results.


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The sincerity and frankness the authors exhibit is quite laudable, but isn't the reluctance to admit such errors related to things like professional reputation and the like? And a hit to that reputation might make it a bit more difficult to secure funding for further research and/or get published?

Side note: Not really surprised about the difficulty they had duplicating the results. We still have barely any functional ideas about how the brain works, which I find perhaps the greatest proof of the overwhelming complexity of the organ that's allowing me to type this comment.