Meta-analysis seems complicated and I’m an old dog. Why are you so convinced I can learn this new trick?

I used to teach PhD students with zero experience how to do a meta-analysis in a single class. Admittedly it was a three hour class, but by the end of it students were doing meta-analysis all on their own with no problems at all.

Meta-analysis is conceptually easy. It will take you about 2 minutes to follow my simple example found here.

It’s true that not everyone will want to run a full-blown meta-analysis. But learning to think meta-analytically is an essential skill for any researcher engaged in replication research, theoretical development or who is simply trying to draw conclusions from past work.

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