Reproducibility in psychological science—where to from here? Event as iCalendar


11 January 2017

12 - 1pm

Venue: Building 303, Room B05

Location: City Campus

Host: School of Psychology

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Abstract: Psychology has been in the grips of a replication “crisis” with researcher unable to replicate several landmark findings in the literature. This crisis has several causes including the incentive system in publishing, the use and abuse of statistics, methodological issues to do with, for example, statistical power, and the lack of clearly defined psychological theories. In this talk Dr Colling will outline some of the causes of the replication crisis and suggest some solutions that might rescue psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Dr Colling will also suggest some advice to increase the replicability and reproducibility of your own work. Following this, he will introduce the idea of registered replication reports, and talk about the process of putting one together yourself. He will finish off by discussing a registered replication report that he has recently launched and tell you how you can get involved.

Biography: Lincoln Colling is a cognitive scientist and cognitive neuroscientist based at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychology. Before joining Cambridge, he held research positions at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), and the Donders Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). Dr Colling also held a lectureship in the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane, Australia). His work spans neuroscience, experimental psychology, and philosophy and tries to investigate problems at multiple levels and from multiple perspectives.

He completed his PhD, titled Predicting the Actions of Other Agents, in 2012 in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, and was affiliated with the Collective Cognition Research Group, the Perception and Action Research Centre, and the Music, Sound, and Performance Laboratory. Prior to this, he completed by Bachelor and Master of Science degree in the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland.