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Influential new TARG publication about statistical power

10 April 2013

A paper published today by members of TARG questions the reliability of neuroscience studies.

A paper published today by members of TARG questions the reliability of neuroscience studies. The paper, published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, led by TARG's Kate Button and Marcus Munafo, calls into question the reliability of neuroscience studies, focusing on their small sample sizes and the low statistical power this results in. The authors conclude that a key priority should be in improving research methodologies, achievable by acknowledging the limitations of research, fully disclosing methods, incentivising replication and collaboration with other researchers to increase total sample size.

The University of Bristol published a press release about the paper today and the paper has already been well received by the science community, with the prominent science writer Ed Yong writing an interesting blog about the paper on the National Geographic site and Kate has written a blog on the Guardian website about the paper. The paper also inspired the front cover of Nature Reviews Neuroscience's May edition.

Nature Reviews Neuroscience front cover

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