Adversarial Collaborations in Behavioral Science: Benefits and Boundary Conditions

Madalina Vlasceanu, Diego A. Reinero, Jay J.Van Bavel

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Abstract

In 1988, Latham and colleagues presented “a method of resolving scientific disputes that may be unique in the history of psychology” in which scholars with a competing theoretical perspective worked together to design a crucial test of these perspectives with a thirdparty serving as an unbiased mediator (see Latham et al., 1988). Although this technique failed to catch on, it nevertheless provides a potentially fruitful approach to address contentious scientific issues (see Kahneman, 2003, 2011). In a recent article, Clark et al. (2022) emphasize the value of this research practice as a way to expedite science and truth-seeking, by having scholars who disagree with each other’s interpretation of data or theory work together to resolve their dispute

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Adversarial collaboration
  • Behavioral science
  • Boundary conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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