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The Social Sciences Replication Project

The SSRP successfully replicated 13 of 21 social science studies published in Nature & Science (2010-2015). Read the results, original author commentaries, and more.  

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    Analyses of data from 211 independent, randomized controlled trials (N = 16,198,595) show that second-order normative beliefs—community members’ belief that saving energy helps the environment—play a critical role in promoting energy conservation.

    • Jon M. Jachimowicz
    • , Oliver P. Hauser
    • , Julia D. O’Brien
    • , Erin Sherman
    •  & Adam D. Galinsky
  • Letter |

    Siegel et al. describe an asymmetric Bayesian updating mechanism for moral impression formation, which shows that beliefs about badly behaved agents are more uncertain and therefore more flexible than beliefs about well-behaved agents.

    • Jenifer Z. Siegel
    • , Christoph Mathys
    • , Robb B. Rutledge
    •  & Molly J. Crockett
  • Letter |

    Thomas and colleagues show that toddlers preferred a puppet that had won a conflict against another puppet—but only when it won without using force. This suggests that toddlers consider social status when making social evaluations.

    • Ashley J. Thomas
    • , Lotte Thomsen
    • , Angela F. Lukowski
    • , Meline Abramyan
    •  & Barbara W. Sarnecka
  • Article |

    As children grow, so does their knowledge of language. Sizemore et al. describe knowledge gaps, manifesting as topological cavities, in toddlers’ growing semantic network. These gaps progress similarly, independent of the order in which children learn words.

    • Ann E. Sizemore
    • , Elisabeth A. Karuza
    • , Chad Giusti
    •  & Danielle S. Bassett
  • Letter |

    In a compound climate change dilemma that allows some to earn a pre-game advantage, advantaged participants act prosocially later to maintain a public good, but the disadvantaged act antisocially, creating conflict that reduces cooperative success.

    • Reuben Kline
    • , Nicholas Seltzer
    • , Evgeniya Lukinova
    •  & Autumn Bynum

News & Comment

  • Comment |

    In 2017, Catalonia unilaterally declared independence from Spain. The independence push was not simply a bottom-up process wherein citizens increasingly demanded independence. Catalan political elites were more radical than voters and competitive outbidding to win hegemony in the pro-independence camp fuelled the independence push.

    • Astrid Barrio
    •  & Bonnie N. Field
  • News & Views |

    We rapidly make inferences about the moral character of others. Observing a single immoral behaviour is often sufficient to make us think of them as morally ‘unworthy’. But our beliefs about others’ ‘badness’ (as opposed to ‘goodness’) are more uncertain. That is, we allow ourselves more space to re-assess and, if needed, rectify these beliefs.

    • Alexander Todorov
  • News & Views |

    In line with the principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’, advantaged individuals recognize their privileged position and work to avoid collapsing a common pool resource, but they will not accept excessive free-riding by poorer individuals.

    • Rick K. Wilson
  • Editorial |

    Replication studies determine both the validity of scientific conclusions and provide insights into the type of methods and reporting that are necessary for robust results.

  • News & Views |

    How the brain processes parallel streams of information has been widely researched, yet remains unsolved. A new study shows that the brain processes informative cues in serial even when they are presented simultaneously, and that patterns of cortical activity shift under the constraints of rapid decisions to optimize processing.

    • John Pearson

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