How bias leads to entrenched errors
Scientific progress is derailed by two human failings: a desire for positive findings, which leads to publication bias, and a tendency to notice and remember things that agree with our current viewpoint, which affects how we cite prior literature. Either one of these alone is damaging; combined they form a toxic combination that means that many ‘established facts’ in a field are not trustworthy. I will give examples of these processes and discuss how we might overcome them.
Date: 23 September 2021, 10:00 (Thursday, -2nd week, Michaelmas 2021)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Prof Dorothy Bishop (University of Oxford)
Organiser: Dr Malika Ihle (University of Oxford)
Part of: Oxford|Berlin summer school on Open Research
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Cost: free
Audience: Public
Editor: Malika Ihle