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Editorial Psychological Bulletin Copyright 2003 by the American Psychological Association, Inc. 2003, Vol. 129, No. 1, 3–9 0033-2909/03/$12.00 DOI: 10.1037/0033-2909.129.1.3 Harris Cooper University of Missouri—Columbia Scientists have yet to conduct the flawless experiment. No In the pages that follow, I provide some frames of reference that experiment has ever permitted the inference of a perfectly unam- anchor my understanding of literature reviews in psychology. biguous connection between a cause and an effect. No experiment First, I provide a taxonomy for categorizing reviews of scientific has ever proven a relation to hold in all times and places. Indeed, literatures, as classifying and labeling are the first steps in science. our goals for knowledge we label scientific are far more modest. Then, I examine more closely the special type of literature review Behavioral scientists believe that all human events are bound by known as the research synthesis. In each instance, I reflect on how time and space, never to be repeated precisely. We accept that past these points of reference will influence the editorial process used events require us to encode their lessons in abstract characteriza- by Psychological Bulletin during the next few years and provide a tions and theories. These encodings http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Bulletin American Psychological Association

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0033-2909
eISSN
1939-1455
DOI
10.1037/0033-2909.129.1.3
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Abstract

Psychological Bulletin Copyright 2003 by the American Psychological Association, Inc. 2003, Vol. 129, No. 1, 3–9 0033-2909/03/$12.00 DOI: 10.1037/0033-2909.129.1.3 Harris Cooper University of Missouri—Columbia Scientists have yet to conduct the flawless experiment. No In the pages that follow, I provide some frames of reference that experiment has ever permitted the inference of a perfectly unam- anchor my understanding of literature reviews in psychology. biguous connection between a cause and an effect. No experiment First, I provide a taxonomy for categorizing reviews of scientific has ever proven a relation to hold in all times and places. Indeed, literatures, as classifying and labeling are the first steps in science. our goals for knowledge we label scientific are far more modest. Then, I examine more closely the special type of literature review Behavioral scientists believe that all human events are bound by known as the research synthesis. In each instance, I reflect on how time and space, never to be repeated precisely. We accept that past these points of reference will influence the editorial process used events require us to encode their lessons in abstract characteriza- by Psychological Bulletin during the next few years and provide a tions and theories. These encodings

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Psychological BulletinAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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