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Can scientists change their minds?

Scientific progress depends on researchers updating their beliefs when new evidence arises. McDiarmid and colleagues show that psychologists adjust their beliefs after seeing new results from a replication project. While updating is less than a Bayesian model would justify, it is not undermined by personal investment.

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Gordon, M., Pfeiffer, T. Can scientists change their minds?. Nat Hum Behav 5, 1598–1599 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01201-w

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