Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Conducting Open and Replicable Experimental Research in Psychology

when 2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 500

In case that an on-campus Summer School is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this module will take place online.

The replication crisis shook many scientific disciplines – especially in the social and behavioral sciences – and has led to a call for more open and replicable research practices. Many of these practices focus on gathering, organizing, analyzing, and reporting empirical data.

This module will give a small group of students a practical introduction into some of the basic research practices, which can lead to a more open and reproducible scientific process. We will begin with an overview of the replication crisis and the current “best practices” suggested by the open science community, before putting these suggestions to use in a specific example derived from experimental psychology. This entails programming an experiment using PsychoPy, analyzing the resulting data using R, and presenting these results using ggplot2 and RMarkdown. Throughout the entire module, special attention will be paid to steps and actions, which should be taken to ensure reproducibility and openness of process (e.g. using git, pre-registering an experiment).

The course comprises 28 contact hours (8*3.5 hours). Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points will be awarded for the module. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25 to 30 hours of student workload. This includes class hours, additional preparations for class activities, readings, assignments as well as final assessments.

Attendance: Participants have to attend at least 80 % of the classes.

Course leader

Julia Beitner

Dominik Kraft

Rebecca Mayer

Dr. Benjamin Gagl

Kai Nehler

Dr. Thomas Lösch

Target group

Students from Psychology and the Behavioural Sciences

Course aim

Become familiar with basic research practices that lead to a more open and reproducible scientific process

Discuss the replication crisis and current “best practices” suggested by the open science community

Learn to pogramme an experiment using PsychoPy, analyze the resulting data using R, and present the results using ggplot2 and RMarkdown

Fee info

EUR 500: includes all study materials, transcript of records