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2018 Workshop on Research Methods in Social Sciences and Business
From Questionable Practices to Sound Science

The UNSW Business School's experimental research laboratory (BizLab) and the Behavioral Insights for Business and Policy (BIBaP) research network are hosting a half-day Workshop on Research Methods in Social Sciences and Business on Friday, November 9th.

The theme for the workshop is From Questionable Practices to Sound Science. This year's workshop will bring together three experts who will discuss not only some of the practices that can lead to lower credibility and replicability of research findings but also, discuss practices that researchers can adopt to address and overcome such shortcomings.

We welcome academics from across the business disciplines and social sciences who are interested in experimental and empirical methods and interdisciplinary exchange. It is anticipated that both faculty and PhD students from across Australia will attend the workshop, and there will be plenty of time for informal networking.

Details

  • Date: Friday, November 9th 2018
  • Time: 12pm - 6.30pm
  • Location: UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney
    • Colombo Building (B16) - Theatre C
  • Catering: Lunch, coffee, refreshments, drinks, and canapés will be provided free of charge
  • Confirmed speakers: Ulrich Schimmack (University of Toronto, Department of Psychology), Simine Vazire (University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology), and Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences Department, Human-Technology Interaction Group)

Registration

Registration is required. No registration, no participation. Registration deadline is October 26th, 2018 17:00 AEDT

To register, click on the link below to be taken to the registration page.

Program Schedule

  • 12:00 - 12:45 Registration and lunch
  • 12:45 - 13:05 Opening remarks and Introduction to the workshop
  • 13:05 - 14:00 Presentation 1 (40 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A)
    • Ulrich Schimmack
      • How Credible are Published Findings in Psychology?
  • 14:00 - 14:10 Mini break
  • 14:10 - 15:05 Presentation 2
    • Simine Vazire
      • The Credibility Revolution in Psychology
  • 15:05 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea Break
  • 15:30 - 16:25 Presentation 3
    • Daniel Lakens
      • Improving the falsifiability of predictions
  • 16:25 - 16:35 Mini break
  • 16:35 - 17:20 Panel Discussion
  • 17:20 - 17:30 Concluding Remarks
  • 17:30 Drinks and canapés

Bios

  • Ulrich Schimmack
      https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/psychology/faculty-staff/schimmack-ulrich
    • Uli is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto in Canada. He has made contributions to research on emotions, personality, well-being, psychological measurement and statistics. Since 2010, he has focused on statistical methods to detect and correct for publication bias. He has developed the Incredibiilty Index, Replicabiilty Index, the Test of Insufficient Variance, and, in collaboration with Jerry Brunner, Z-Curve. These methods have been used to reveal that highly influential social priming studies lack empirical evidence because the published results were produced with questionable research practices. Since 2015, he has blogged about the replication crisis in psychology and criticized psychological assocations for their failures to reform psychology on the Psychological Methods Discussion Group on Facebook. He co-founded the journal Meta-Psychology, the first open and free psychology journal that openly discusses the replication crisis in psychology.
  • Simine Vazire
      http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/people/svazire
      https://www.simine.com/
    • Simine is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Davis in the USA. She conducts research on self-knowledge, personality, and meta-science. Her meta-science work includes studying the publication and peer review process and tracking trends in published research in psychology over time. She is the editor in chief of Social Psychological and Personality Science, a senior editor at Collabra: Psychology, and an associate editor of Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. She co-founded the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science and serves on the board of that society, as well as the board of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Daniel Lakens
      https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/daniel-lakens/
    • Daniel is an experimental psychologist working at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology, and received his PhD from Utrecht University in 2010. He works how to researchers can design informative studies, reward structures in science, and applied statistics. His main lines of empirical research focus on conceptual thought, similarity, and meaning. Lakens is funded until 2022 by a VIDI grant from NWO on a project that aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science. He teaches an online MOOC 'Improving Your Statistical Inferences', and won a Teacher of the Year award at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014. He has given over 40 workshops on open science and improving research practices, co-edited a special issue consisting of pre-registered replication studies with Brian Nosek that appeared in 2014, and convinced the Dutch science funder NWO to start a pilot project with grants dedicated to replication research.

 
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