‘Safety in numbers’? Big data discovery strategies in neuro-developmental science – contributions and caveats
Edmund J.S. Sonuga-Barke
In the last 10 years, we have seen a shift toward the use of big data hypothesis-free discovery strategies in studies of neuro-development and mental health. In this editorial, I discuss the reasons for their popularity, their potential contribution as well as some limitations and pitfalls. I conclude with a call for methodological pluralism where big data approaches are strategically integrated into cycles of hypothesis generation and testing.
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Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke is the Editor in Chief of JCPP, his full profile can be found here.