Virtual Special Issue – Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology Replications

Welcome to this Virtual Special Issue featuring  a variety of replication studies published in Elsevier’s neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry and psychology journals from 2012-2016.

Replication is an important part of the way that research progresses and there has been much discussion in recent years about a ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science and psychology. Researchers build on previous work by trying to replicate their own or others’ studies – in some cases they succeed in replicating the previous findings and in some cases they fail. Sometimes they fail to replicate because they have not successfully recreated the conditions or methodology and sometimes it may suggest that the original study findings are flawed. A successful replication, with a larger sample size or in slightly different experimental conditions, can bolster the reliability of the original research results and suggest that it may be suitable to be translated into real-world applications (see Brandt et al 2014). There is inevitably a great deal of diversity in what people mean by the term ‘replication’ and how they go about trying to verify previous findings in different fields and this is reflected in our selection of articles, but what is certain is that published replication studies provide an insight into the scientific method and the progress of research.

We have also included an entire Special Issue of Experimental Neurology from 2012 which focused on NIH Replication Studies in Spinal Cord Injury (Edited by Oswald Steward and Phillip Popovich), along with the editorial and commentaries on the studies.

All these articles and Special Issues are available to download for free on ScienceDirect until July 2017. We hope you find this selection useful and interesting.


  1. The functional subdivision of the visual brain: Is there a real illusion effect on action? A multi-lab replication study
    Registered Report
    Karl K. Kopiske, Nicola Bruno, Constanze Hesse, Thomas Schenk, Volker H. Franz
    Cortex, Volume 79, June 2016, Pages 130-152
  2. Common variant in PTK2B is associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease: A replication study and meta-analyses
    Ya-Qing Li, Meng-Shan Tan, Hui-Fu Wang, Chen-Chen Tan, Wei Zhang, Zhan-Jie Zheng, Ling-Li Kong, Zi-Xuan Wang, Lin Tan, Teng Jiang, Lan Tan, Jin-Tai Yu
    Neuroscience Letters, Volume 621, 16 May 2016, Pages 83-87
  3. Does oxytocin affect mind-reading? A replication study
    Sina Radke, Ellen R.A. de Bruijn
    Psychoneuroendocrinology, Volume 60, October 2015, Pages 75-81
  4. Further evidence supporting the association of NKAPL with schizophrenia
    Zhiqiang Wang, Bixiu Yang, Yansong Liu, Yin Yao Shugart, Zaohuo Cheng, Chunhui Jin, Jianmin Yuan, Wei Zhu, Guoqiang Wang, Fuquan Zhang
    Neuroscience Letters, Volume 605, 25 September 2015, Pages 49-52
  5. A purely confirmatory replication study of structural brain-behavior correlations
    Wouter Boekel, Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, Luam Belay, Josine Verhagen, Scott Brown, Birte U. Forstmann
    Cortex, Volume 66, May 2015, Pages 115-133
  6. Neuroimaging-aided differential diagnosis of the depressive state
    Ryu Takizawa, Masato Fukuda, Shingo Kawasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Masaru Mimura, Shenghong Pu, Takamasa Noda, Shin-ichi Niwa, Yuji Okazaki
    NeuroImage, Volume 85, Part 1, 15 January 2014, Pages 498-507
  7. Lack of association between MPC2 variants and schizophrenia in a replication study of Han Chinese
    Chunhui Jin, Yunbiao Zhang, Jidong Wang, Zhenhe Zhou, Weiwei Sha, Mingzhong Wang, Fuquan Zhang, Jijiang Li, Jianfeng Li, Shui Yu, Shuguang Qi, Jianmin Yuan
    Neuroscience Letters, Volume 552, 27 September 2013, Pages 120-123
  8. Standardized low-resolution electromagnetic tomography in obsessive–compulsive disorder—A replication study
    Jana Kopřivová, Jiří Horáček, Michal Raszka, Martin Brunovský, Ján Praško
    Neuroscience Letters, Volume 548, 26 August 2013, Pages 185-189
  9. Special Issue: NIH Replication Studies in Spinal Cord Injury (Edited by Oswald Steward and Phillip Popovich), Experimental Neurology, Volume 233, Issue 2, Pages 597-870 (February 2012)


  1. Role of glyoxalase I gene polymorphisms in late-onset epilepsy and drug-resistant epilepsy
    Hua Tao, Ligang Si, Xu Zhou, Zhou Liu, Zhonghua MA, Haihong Zhou, Wangtao Zhong, Lili Cui, Shuyan Zhang, You Li, Guoda Ma, Jianghao Zhao, Wenhui Huang, Lifen Yao, Zhien Xu, Bin Zhao, Keshen Li
    Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 363, 15 April 2016, Pages 200-206
  2. Association of the Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease gene ARHGEF10 with paclitaxel induced peripheral neuropathy in NCCTG N08CA (Alliance)
    Ganesh K. Boora, Amit A. Kulkarni, Rahul Kanwar, Peter Beyerlein, Rui Qin, Michaela S. Banck, Kathryn J. Ruddy, Josef Pleticha, Cynthia A. Lynch, Robert J. Behrens, Stephan Züchner, Charles L. Loprinzi, Andreas S. Beutler
    Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 357, Issues 1–2, 15 October 2015, Pages 35-40
  3. Variation in the miRNA-433 binding site of FGF20 is a risk factor for Parkinson's disease in Iranian population
    Leyla Haghnejad, Babak Emamalizadeh, Javad Jamshidi, Alireza Zare Bidoki, Hamid Ghaedi, Ehsan Ahmadi, Shokoufeh Abdollahi, Neda Shahmohammadibeni, Shaghayegh Taghavi, Atena Fazeli, Marzieh Motallebi, Amir Ehtesham Shafiei Zarneh, Saeed Mohammadihosseinabad, Mohammad Reza Abbaszadegan, Shahram Torkamandi, Masoumeh Amini Gavenaroudi, Negar Pedram, Gholam-Ali Shahidi, Abbas Tafakhori, Hossein Darvish, Abolfazl Movafagh
    Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 355, Issues 1–2, 15 August 2015, Pages 72-74
  4. Demonstrating efficacy in preclinical studies of cellular therapies for spinal cord injury — How much is enough?
    Brian K. Kwon, Lesley J.J. Soril, Mark Bacon, Michael S. Beattie, Armin Blesch, Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Sarah A. Dunlop, Michael G. Fehlings, Adam R. Ferguson, Caitlin E. Hill, Soheila Karimi-Abdolrezaee, Paul Lu, John W. McDonald, Hans W. Müller, Martin Oudega, Ephron S. Rosenzweig, Paul J. Reier, Jerry Silver, Eva Sykova, Xiao-Ming Xu, James D. Guest, Wolfram Tetzlaff
    Experimental Neurology, Volume 248, October 2013, Pages 30-44
  5. Genetic variants of SNCA and LRRK2 genes are associated with sporadic PD susceptibility: A replication study in a Taiwanese cohort
    Yah-Huei Wu-Chou, Ying-Ting Chen, Tu-Hsueh Yeh, Hsiu-Chen Chang, Yi-Hsin Weng, Szu-Chia Lai, Chia-Ling Huang, Rou-Shayn Chen, Ying-Zu Huang, Chiung-Chu Chen, June Hung, Wen-Li Chuang, Wey-Yil Lin, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Chin-Song Lu
    Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, Volume 19, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 251-255
  6. Age at onset in Huntington's disease: Replication study on the association of HAP1
    Georgia Karadima, Christina Dimovasili, Georgios Koutsis, Demetris Vassilopoulos, Marios Panas
    Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, Volume 18, Issue 9, November 2012, Pages 1027-1028


  1. Short term memory for single surface features and bindings in ageing: A replication study
    Valeria Isella, Federica Molteni, Cristina Mapelli, Carlo Ferrarese
    Brain and Cognition, Volume 96, June 2015, Pages 38-42
  2. Lost in time...: The search for intentions and Readiness Potentials
    Ceci Verbaarschot, Jason Farquhar, Pim Haselager
    Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 33, May 2015, Pages 300-315
  3. Watchful eyes: implicit observability cues and voting
    Costas Panagopoulos
    Evolution and Human Behavior, Volume 35, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 279-284
  4. On the prediction of academic performance with personality traits: A replication study
    Sampo V. Paunonen, Michael C. Ashton
    Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 47, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages 778-781
  5. The watching eyes effect in the Dictator Game: it's not how much you give, it's being seen to give something
    Daniel Nettle, Zoe Harper, Adam Kidson, Rosie Stone, Ian S. Penton-Voak, Melissa Bateson
    Evolution and Human Behavior, Volume 34, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 35-40
  6. Is motor cortex excitability associated with personality factors? A replication study
    Martin Schecklmann, Michael Landgrebe, Elmar Frank, Philipp G. Sand, Peter Eichhammer, Göran Hajak, Berthold Langguth
    International Journal of Psychophysiology, Volume 83, Issue 3, March 2012, Pages 323-327
  7. Study of the tetraspanin 18 association with schizophrenia in a Han Chinese population
    Lin Wu, Fengping Chen, Jun Wei, Yan Shen, Qi Xu
    Psychiatry Research, Available online 11 May 2016


  1. Processing of decision-making and social threat in patients with history of suicidal attempt: A neuroimaging replication study
    Emilie Olié, Yang Ding, Emmanuelle Le Bars, Nicolas Menjot de Champfleur, Thibault Mura, Alain Bonafé, Philippe Courtet, Fabrice Jollant
    Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Volume 234, Issue 3, 30 December 2015, Pages 369-377
  2. Abnormalities in the experience of self-agency in schizophrenia: A replication study
    Robert A. Renes, Anouk van der Weiden, Merel Prikken, René S. Kahn, Henk Aarts, Neeltje E.M. van Haren
    Schizophrenia Research, Volume 164, Issues 1–3, May 2015, Pages 210-213
  3. Hypomethylation of MAOA׳s first exon region in depression: A replication study
    Philippe A. Melas, Yvonne Forsell
    Psychiatry Research, Volume 226, Issue 1, 30 March 2015, Pages 389-391
  4. Replication of previous genome-wide association studies of psychiatric diseases in a large schizophrenia case–control sample from Spain
    José Luis Ivorra, Olga Rivero, Javier Costas, Raquel Iniesta, Manuel Arrojo, Ramón Ramos-Ríos, Ángel Carracedo, Tomas Palomo, Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez, Jorge Cervilla, Blanca Gutiérrez, Esther Molina, Celso Arango, Mar Álvarez, Juan C. Pascual, Víctor Pérez, Pilar Alejandra Saiz, María Paz García-Portilla, Julio Bobes, Ana González-Pinto, Iñaki Zorrilla, Josep María Haro, Miguel Bernardo, Enrique Baca-García, José Carlos González, Janet Hoenicka, María Dolores Moltó, Julio Sanjuán
    Schizophrenia Research, Volume 159, Issue 1, October 2014, Pages 107-113
    Keywords: GWAS; Schizophrenia; Bipolar disorder; ODZ4; Polygenic score; Replication study
  5. Further validation of the ACIPS as a measure of social hedonic response
    Diane C. Gooding, Madeline J. Pflum
    Psychiatry Research, Volume 215, Issue 3, 30 March 2014, Pages 771-777
  6. Lack of association of EGR2 variants with bipolar disorder in Japanese population
    Shabeesh Balan, Kazuo Yamada, Yoshimi Iwayama, Tomoko Toyota, Tetsuo Ohnishi, Motoko Maekawa, Manabu Toyoshima, Yasuhide Iwata, Katsuaki Suzuki, Mitsuru Kikuchi, Hiroshi Ujike, Toshiya Inada, Hiroshi Kunugi, Norio Ozaki, Nakao Iwata, Shinichiro Nanko, Tadafumi Kato, Takeo Yoshikawa
    Gene, Volume 526, Issue 2, 10 September 2013, Pages 246-250
  7. The ‘real world’ utility of a web-based bipolar disorder screening measure: A replication study
    Gordon Parker, Kathryn Fletcher
    Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 150, Issue 2, 5 September 2013, Pages 276-283