A 2008 study (right) showing that cleanliness influences moral judgments was not replicated in a study (left) published this week.

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A 2008 study (right) showing that cleanliness influences moral judgments was not replicated in a study (left) published this week.

Replication Effort Provokes Praise—And 'Bullying' Charges

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This week, a global network of nearly 100 psychologists unveiled the results of their attempt to repeat 27 well-known psychology studies. In more than half of the cases, the replication was a partial or complete failure. Some are heralding the replications as a renaissance for the social sciences. But some on the receiving end of the replication are calling it an inquisition.

For the full story, see this week's issue of Science.

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