THE VALIDITY OF THE META-ANALYTIC METHOD IN ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF PSI REPLICABILITY

Meta-analytic techniques are held in particularly high esteem in parapsychology owing to their important contribution to debates on the controversial issue of psi replicability. They are, however, associated with some serious limitations. The present paper evaluates the extent to which these limitations have represented a significant impediment to the resolution of replicability issues in psi research. It concludes that the subjectivity inherent in the execution of the technique and the interpretation of meta-analytic results has led to a situation whereby it has not been able to provide definitive results on the question of psi replicability. Keywords: Meta-analysis, replication, psi, subjectivity.

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