A foundation of my psychological work is the body. Simply put, I work on a big part with embodiment to diagnose, as well as to intervene and to integrate.
One illustration, or rather one important reasoning for embodiment seems to be the so called facial feedback test. I have read about this test over and over again in literature.
In 2016, there have been efforts to reproduce this test, and these efforts did fail. See here:
All this is rather new to me, so I don't know how to handle this situation. My intention is to do honest work. I am wondering:
- Is it careless to still cite the facial feedback although it cannot be reproduced?
- Or is it only careless to still cite if several studies proved it explicitely wrong?
- How do I talk to clients about the facial feedback?
- Should I simply try it myself and choose to belief what I want?
Please note that I am not asking for opinions. My question finally is:
As an ethic worker in the field of psychology, how do I handle contradicting study results, based on the example of the facial feedback?
The example of facial feedback implicitely includes a) the contradicting study results and b) the contradiction becomes visible over time.