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2015 workshop in Experimental Methods:
The replicability crisis in the social sciences and how to address it

The BizLab at UNSW is hosting a half-day Workshop in Experimental Methods for Research in Social Science and Business on Friday, November 27th.

It is no longer news that both economics and psychology face serious replication crises that seem to be brought about – to a considerable extent – by questionable practices such as p-hacking. Since replication is an important component of cumulative science, these crises pose a major challenge and are of considerable interest to everyone working experimentally or empirically in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, psychology and other related areas.

The workshop is meant to offer an up-to-date assessment of the current state of the crises and strategies to overcome them.

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

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  • Date: Friday, November 27th 2015
  • Time: 12pm - 6.30pm, followed by drinks and fingerfood
  • Location: UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney
    • Ainsworth Building (J17) - Theatre G03
  • Catering: Lunch, coffee, refreshments, drinks, and fingerfood will be provided free of charge


Registration is required. No registration, no participation. Registration deadline is November 24, 2015 17:00 AEDT

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

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Program Schedule


  • Alex Holcombe
    • A/Professor of Psychology, University of Sydney. Co-director, Centre for Time and associate editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. Alex has held an ARC future fellowship and also ARC discovery grants. He and his collaborators investigate how signals from different neurons' glimpses of a moving object areas are combined, as well as how temporal limits constrain tracking of important objects in a dynamic scene.
      Alex also studies temporal aspects of the processing of stationary objects through behavioral experiments. Ongoing applications include testing the effect of naps on temporal processing. For more details, see here: http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/alex.holcombe.php
  • Ben Newell
    • Professor of Psychology and ARC future fellow. He is currently an associate editor of Memory & Cognition, on the editorial boards of Thinking & Reasoning, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Experimental Psychology and a consulting editor for Judgment & Decision Making.
      He has held, and holds, multiple ARC discovery and linkage grants. His research interests include judgment and decision making, optimality, rationality, insight, and the implicit / explicit distinction in categorization, learning, memory and knowledge. For more details, see here: http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/BNewell/
  • Bob (Robert) Slonim
    • Professor of Economics. He is the co-editor of the Journal of the Economic Science Association and also on the editorial board of the Journal of Risk & Uncertainty. He has held, and holds, ARC discovery grants as well as National Science Foundation grants. He has written extensively on learning, trust and the economics of charitable behaviour and blood donations, and other topics such as prize-linked savings accounts. For more details, see here: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/economics/staff/profiles/robert.slonim.php
  • Jeanette Deetlefs
    • About to finish her cross-disciplinary Ph.D. (Marketing, Economics) on the role of defaults in superannuation. She launched her academic career after two decades in various Marketing executive and research functions. She has published in Economic Records and has several papers under review at various journals.
  • Le (Lyla) Zhang
    • A lecturer at Curtin University. She received her PhD from UNSW in 2014, where her dissertation was focused on the production and evaluation of laboratory evidence. She has since published in A* journal Experimental Economics and also has papers under review at various journals.
      For more information, see here: https://business.curtin.edu.au/courses/economics_finance/staff.cfm/Lyla.Zhang
  • Rolf Zwaan
    • Professor of biological and cognitive psychology at the Institute of Psychology of Erasmus University Rotterdam, one of the Netherlands' finest academic addresses. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in the United States and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. He was editor-in-chief of Acta Psychologica and served/seves on the editorial boards of Discourse Processes, Cognition, and Linguistics and Language Compass.
      A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he has almost 150 publications to his credit, many of which are in top psychology journals. While his main research interest is in language comprehension, and the role of action and perception in comprehension, he has been prominent in the replication movement. He blogs critically, and entertainingly, at http://rolfzwaan.blogspot.com.au/

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