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Replication and Reproducibility in Psychology

Under the auspices of the Joint Committee for Psychology in Higher Education, the EPS, British Psychological Society, and the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments will host a second event on Replication and Reproducibility in Psychology at the Royal Society in London on 26 January 2018 from 2-7.30pm.

 

Science, and not just psychology, is undergoing a renaissance. It is an exciting time for our discipline, and it is great that psychology has been leading the way over the last 10 years or so. Our discipline has kick started all of the key developments that will improve science generally, as well as psychological science specifically. Researchers have begun to embrace open science, pre-registration, large scale replication efforts and recognise the risks of p-hacking and other questionable research practices. However, it is important that we continue to work collaboratively and to keep the tone of the debate collegiate, non-judgemental and supportive.

 

This event will involve presentations, discussion and a Q&A about how who can continue to move psychological science forward, and it will be followed by a networking wine reception.

 

Confirmed speakers so far are:

 

  • Daryl O’Connor (University of Leeds) – “Psychological Science as a Trail-blazer for Science”
  • Susan Fiske (Princeton University) – “Research Methods Blogs in Psychology: Exploring Who Posts What about Whom, with What Effect”
  • Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (University of Amsterdam) – “The Case for Radical Transparency in Statistical Reporting”
  • Katherine Button (University of Bath) – “Collaborative Student Projects: Grassroots Training for Reproducible Science”
  • Richard Morey (Cardiff University) – “Statistical games: the flawed thinking of popular methods for assessing reproducibility”
  • Andy Field (Sussex University) – “Should Researchers Analyse Their Own Data”
  • Chris Graf (Wiley) – “What can publishers do to support research integrity?”
  • Louise Connell (Lancaster University) – “Big data, big problems? Conflicts and complexities on the path to open science”.

 

Please register for this event. Admission by ticket only. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/replication-and-reproducibility-event-ii-moving-psychological-science-forward-tickets-40905820410

Society News

Welcome

The EPS is delighted to launch the new-look website for 2018!

We hope that you can more easily find the information you want about the EPS and its activities.

We also hope that the website helps to make Society information and resources more useful, including a simplified procedure for submitting an (oral or poster) abstract for meetings and – for members – access to prize-winner videos journal access. Abstract submissions for the Leicester meeting are expected to open shortly after the London meeting has finished.

The website has being launched alongside the new-look QJEP for 2018, under the Editorship of Professor Simon Liversedge, and we hope that you will find the Journal fresh, interesting, and informative.

In addition, from 2018 EPS members have access to many additional Sage resources for Journal access, research methods, and videos.

Member News

Obituaries

It is with great sadness that we record the following deaths:

Peter Venables, April 2017. Peter was elected and served as Honorary Secretary of the EPS in 1965-1967 and President of the EPS in 1969-1970.

Peter Venables

Annette Karmiloff-Smith, December 2016. Annette was a recipient of the EPS Frederic Bartlett Prize award in 2012.

 

Anyone interested in writing an obituary in respect of either Peter or Annette for the website/newsletter is welcome to contact the Hon Secretary for more details.

Forthcoming Workshop

Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Workshop: Methodological advances in interactive social gaze research: From the lab to the real world. University College London, 12-13 February 2018

From antiquity to today, scientists have acknowledged the importance of eye-gaze in understanding human social behaviour. Whether someone looks at people or objects, attractive or angry faces, and how often or how long they fixate on them can tell us a lot about their mental state, motivation and social behaviours. As gaze behaviour is generally automatic, it provides a reliable and objective measure of affective state, behavioural intentions and subjective social preferences.

Traditional studies of social gaze behaviour have used extremely controlled and artificial laboratory settings, which lack  generalization to the complex world we live in. However, a recent theoretical account proposes that in the real world eye gaze has a dual function: the eyes both seek out useful information from the environment (an encoding function) and can reveal one’s perceptual states to others (a signalling function). Understanding the dual function of social eye gaze and its impact on socio-cognitive processes can e extremely valuable to decipher complex human interactions, but at the same time poses new theoretical and methodological challenges.

This 2-day event aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds to discuss novel theoretical and methodological frameworks that can channel the complexity of the dual function of eye gaze in the real world into a coherent approach. It is hoped that this discussion will outline clear directions for future research and help advance cognitive theories of human social interactions.

Organisers: Indu Dubey, Roser Canigueral and Alexandra Georgescu

For more details: http://interactive-eye-gaze.weebly.com/
 

 

Journal News

Update to journal format

QJEP has made changes to the existing format of two types of journal article – comments and book reviews.

First, comments will be allowed to alleviate the problem that readers have few options to raise their concerns (or support) about an article published in QJEP. Comments are short (1000 words at most), deal with articles published in QJEP or with general issues faced by psychological researchers, and will be published at the end of an issue. Normally they will not go to reviewers but be decided upon at the Editorial level. Given our experiences at the Meetings of the Experimental Psychology Society, it is our conviction that such commentaries can become a vital and very informative part of the journal.

We also discovered that many readers miss the Book Reviews section, which had to be dropped a few years ago because the publication lag was becoming too long. Now that the journal has many more pages (and could further extend if needed), there is an opportunity to revitalise that part. Philip Quinlan kindly accepted to be the new Book Review Editor of the journal and readers are invited to send him suggestion of must-be-reviewed books. More importantly, readers who want to help making this section a success, are invited to send in their names as possible reviewers (please also include your subjects of expertise/interest).

Member News

Royal Institution Christmas Lecture ‘The Language of Life’ by EPS member Prof. Sophie Scott

Royal Institution – Christmas Lectures

This year, the Royal Institution Christmas lectures will be delivered by EPS member Professor Sophie Scott, on ‘The language of life’.

This will be aired on BBC 4 between Christmas and New Year.

As the Royal Institution describes it, “Professor Sophie Scott will take us on a fascinating journey through one of the fundamentals of human and animal life: the unstoppable urge to communicate”.

For more information about this event, see: http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/2017-the-language-of-life

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: The multi-faceted body: Updates into body representation and embodiment. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29 June 2018.

Whatever object we might encounter in our life, our encounter with our own body is never the same. It might not be surprising therefore, that few issues in experimental psychology have encountered such interest as how the brain represents our body.

No comprehensive view has developed on how the brain represents the body. This might be related to the methodological constraints in researching this area: as William James stated ” our body is always there”. Additionally, there has always been a scarce dialogue between different approaches in the study of body representation. Remarkably, however, the future of research in body representation would have to integrate lab-based research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies, such as virtual reality embodiment.

A novel focus within the workshop will be to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing a network between experts with the aim of communicating findings and sharing paradigms, considering the needs of the different settings, and finally promoting awareness in other disciplines.

Organisers: Elisa Ferre, Anna Sedda and Gianna Cocchini

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: The probabilistic brain. Durham University, 23-24 March 2018

Probabilistic approaches to learning, perceiving and acting are at the core of highly influential theoretical neuroscience proposals, including the “probabilistic  brain”, the “predictive brain” and the brain as an optimiser of “cost functions”. Making connections in this rapidly developing field is challenging since researchers are using different methods, studying the brain at different levels of analysis, and do not attend the same meetings.

The aim of this workshop is to facilitate dialogue among researchers at the frontier of this new field, to identify gaps in our current models and approaches, and to shape the future agenda for research.

Organiser: Marko Nardini

For more details: http://tinyurl.com/tbp2018

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: Perturbing and enhancing perception and action using oscillatory neural stimulation. MRC-CBU Cambridge, 18-19 January 2018

Oscillatory brain activity may provide a fundamental mechanism for coordinating neural activity with the continuous sensory stream or for efficient “communication” between distant brain regions. However, there is a lack of robust evidence that demonstrates a causal rather than epiphenomenal role for neural oscillations. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) provide important methods for perturbing or enhancing neural oscillations so as to demonstrate a causal role of neural oscillations in perception and action.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers and to improve our knowledge of the effect of these brain stimulation methods on neural activity. Presentations will explore new measures of their impact on neural oscillations, perception and action.

Organisers: Matt Davis and Benedikt Zoefel

More information can be found on the following website: http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/pepa