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It's not just the subjects – there are too many WEIRD researchers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2010

Michael Meadon
Affiliation:
School of Philosophy and Ethics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Durban 4041, South Africa. michael.meadon@gmail.comhttp://ionian-enchantment.blogspot.comspurrett@ukzn.ac.zahttp://ukzn.academia.edu/DavidSpurrett
David Spurrett
Affiliation:
School of Philosophy and Ethics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Durban 4041, South Africa. michael.meadon@gmail.comhttp://ionian-enchantment.blogspot.comspurrett@ukzn.ac.zahttp://ukzn.academia.edu/DavidSpurrett

Abstract

A literature in which most data are outliers is flawed, and the target article sounds a timely alarm call for the behavioural sciences. It also suggests remedies. We mostly concur, except for arguing that the importance of the fact that the researchers themselves are mostly outliers has been underplayed. Improving matters requires non-Western researchers, as well as research subjects.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010

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