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Good Research Practices


Semester 1, 2021-2022

Type of course

Basic Courses


January 28, 2022




1 day

Maximum number of participants



0.5 EC will be appointed for participation in the complete course


Daniel Lakens (TUE)

Content and learning goals
Recent discussions in psychology have led researchers to acknowledge that there is room to improve our research practices. In this workshop, we will discuss state of the art statistical and methodological insights that will teach you how to draw better inferences from the scientific literature, and design more reliable and efficient experiments. I will explain why the scientific literature is biased, and how you can detect this bias. We will discuss why researchers contribute to bias in the scientific literature, and how these research practices conflict with the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. We will reflect on the strange state of affairs where the code of conduct instructs us to abide by certain practices, but how we instead rely on cultural norms within our research community that determine how we do our job. How do we need to organize our science such that we are following the code of conduct? Which changes do we need to make to make sure our research is reliable, that we communicate our findings honestly, and that we hold each other accountable?

Please bring a laptop with R and RStudio installed. 
Read the VSNU code for research integrity. If you are interested in this topic, read the additional literature below. 

VSNU code of conduct for research integrity.

Fiedler, K., & Schwarz, N. (2015). Questionable Research Practices Revisited. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550615612150.

Pickett, J. T., & Roche, S. P. (2017). Questionable, Objectionable or Criminal? Public Opinion on Data Fraud and Selective Reporting in Science. Science and Engineering Ethics, 1–21.

Spellman, B. A. (2015). A Short (Personal) Future History of Revolution 2.0. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(6), 886–899.