Why not both? Using multiple measures to improve reliability in infant studies

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Byers-Heinlein et al. suggest six practical solutions to increase reliability in infant experimentation. Here I add a seventh solution, which is recording multiple measures from the same infant and trial. Recording multiple measures is relatively easy to implement in many cases, and has additional advantages. I survey several ways to accomplish this and recommend preregistering hypotheses and analyses plans beforehand to avoid adding researcher's degrees of freedom. Multiple measurements are complementary to Byers-Heinlein et al.'s (2021) solutions and should be used in tandem with them to further the quality of research in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2336
JournalInfant and Child Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2022

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  • measurement
  • preregistration
  • reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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