I must admit, I’m a sceptic. Every time the academic advisor in my research lab got enthusiastic about latest, “hot findings” in noisy electropysiological data on which she has build her scientific theory on brain functions or proves her ideas once again, I found it more suspicious.
In light of this, the article The Truth Wears Off, by Jonah Lehrer from September 2010, published in ‘The New Yorker’, is a great inspiration to take my scepticism seriously. It’s subtitled “The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method” and reviews the fuzzy effects if one tries to replicate his own scientific findings.
This article is really useful to finish a PhD-thesis!