Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Is social psychological research really so negatively biased?

Aiden P. Gregg a1 and Constantine Sedikides a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, England


Krueger & Funder (K&F) overstate the defects of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST), and with it the magnitude of negativity bias within social psychology. We argue that replication matters more than NHST, that the pitfalls of NHST are not always or necessarily realized, and that not all biases are harmless offshoots of adaptive mental abilities.