Year: 2019

NeuRA Ahead of the Open Science Curve

I had great fun yesterday visiting NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia), a large research institute in Sydney. I was hosted by Simon Gandevia, Deputy Director, who has been a long-time proponent of Open Science and The New Statistics. Neura’s Research Quality

I Join an RCT: A View From the Other Side

In ITNS we discuss randomized control trials (RCTs) and I’ve taught about them since whenever. If done well, they should provide gold standard evidence about the benefits and harms of a therapy. So I was particularly interested to be invited

Replications: How Should We Analyze the Results?

Does This Effect Replicate? It seems almost irresistible to think in terms of such a dichotomous question! We seem to crave an ‘it-did’ or ‘it-didn’t’ answer! However, rarely if ever is a bald yes-no decision the most informative way to

‘Preregistration’ or ‘Registration’?

For years, medicine has urged the ‘registration‘ of clinical trials before data collection starts. More recently, psychology has come to use the term ‘preregistration‘ for this vital component of Open Science. The ‘pre’ puts it in your face that it

Congratulations Professor Fiona Fidler!

Just as the fabulous AIMOS Conference — one of Fiona’s most recent triumphs — was wrapping, it was announced officially that Fiona Fidler has been appointed as full PROFESSOR at the University of Melbourne. Wonderful news! Wow, when Simine Vazire

AIMOS — The New Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science Association

Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research & Open Science (AIMOS) I had a fascinating two days down at the University of Melbourne last week for the first AIMOS conference. The program is here and you can click through to see details of

Good Science Requires Unceasing Explanation and Advocacy

Recently in Australia a proposal was made for an “independent science quality assurance agency”. Justification for the proposal made specific reference to “the replication crisis” in science. Surely we can all support a call for quality assurance in science? Not

Open Statistics Conference – Talk and Resources

I had the great pleasure today of discussing the estimation approach (New Statistics) at the Open Statistics / Open Eyes conference in Cesena, University of Bologna. Here I’m posting some resources for those looking to get started with the New

Registered Reports: Conjuring Up a Dangerous Experiment

Last week I (Bob) had my first Registered Report proposal accepted at eNeuro. It’s another collaboration with my wife, Irina, where we will test two popular models of forgetting. The proposal, pre-registration, analysis script, and preliminary data are all on

Transparency of reporting sort of saves the day…

I’m in the midst of an unhappy experience serving as a peer reviewer. The situation is still evolving but I thought I’d put up a short post describing (in general terms) what’s happened because I’d be happy to have some