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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who’s Listening?

HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who’s Listening?

(p.126) HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who’s Listening?
Most Underappreciated

Norbert L. Kerr

Oxford University Press

Norbert L. Kerr reflects on his most underappreciated work: his concept of HARKing, an acronym for Hypothesizing After the Results are Known. Kerr first describes the origins of his work before explaining his HARKing concept and how it was received in the field of social psychology. In particular, he tried to clarify what might constitute an act of HARKing, summarize the results of his survey research, identify some of the forces (both psychological and professional) that encourage HARKing, identify what some of the costs of HARKing might be for science, and explain how HARKing might be deterred.

Keywords:   Norbert L. Kerr, HARKing, hypothesizing, social psychology, science, research

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