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The only thing that can stop bad causal inference is good causal inference

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 May 2022

Julia M. Rohrer
Department of Psychology, Leipzig University, D-04109Leipzig,;;;
Stefan C. Schmukle
Department of Psychology, Leipzig University, D-04109Leipzig,;;;
Richard McElreath
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, D-04103Leipzig, Germany. richard_mcelreath@eva.mpg.de


In psychology, causal inference – both the transport from lab estimates to the real world and estimation on the basis of observational data – is often pursued in a casual manner. Underlying assumptions remain unarticulated; potential pitfalls are compiled in post-hoc lists of flaws. The field should move on to coherent frameworks of causal inference and generalizability that have been developed elsewhere.

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