Fall 2013


PROFILES in RESEARCH


Health & Biology

PrintBookmark and Share


The Decline Effect

Experiment replication leads to decreases in success rates
Spring 2011

Jonathan Schooler, professor of psychology at UCSB, has long noticed the decline effect in his research—that is, the decreasing success rates of replicated experiments. Though its underlying causes are still debated, Schooler suspects that unpublished ‘negative’ results contribute to the phenomenon and proposes the creation of an open-access research findings repository.

The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method?
(The New Yorker) 12/13/10

Unpublished results hide the decline effect
(Nature News) 2/23/11