In a recent Perspective1, Muthukrishna and Henrich (MH) argue that an important and overlooked driver for the replication crisis in the social and behavioural sciences is “the lack of a cumulative theoretical framework.” We have previously written about the importance of theory for human behaviour research2,3, and we agree that harnessing theories helps to enable cumulative science, by coordinating evidence and synthesis, providing a rationale for predictions and giving a basis for interpreting new findings4.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience