Reproducibility in Psychology: Theoretical Distinction of Different Types of Replications

  • Aleksandar BaucalEmail author
  • Alex Gillespie
  • Ksenija Krstić
  • Tania Zittoun
Original Article


Debates about replication in psychology have focused on methodological issues and how to strengthen the replication culture. In most cases, these discussions have tended to assume that the phenomena being investigated are universal. In this paper, we are going to propose a theoretical distinction of different types of replication. The distinction is based on the assumption that besides of universal psychological phenomena there are also phenomena, especially in social and cultural psychology, that are expected to vary between socio-cultural contexts and across history. Taking this insight to its logical conclusion it implies that the main purpose of a replication and interpretation of its results depends on the phenomenon being studied. In the case of the universal phenomena, the replication serves to validation purpose, while in the case of the socio-cultural phenomenon it serves to advance our theoretical understanding of how the given phenomenon is formatted by the socio-cultural-historical context.


Replication in psychology Reproducibility in psychology Socio-cultural-historical psychology 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Department of Psychological and Behavioural ScienceLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK
  3. 3.University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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