The goal of science is to discover what is likely to be true. However, scientists face reward structures in science that are based on competition and quantitative goals such as the number of publications. Their findings should be exciting, innovative and unique. Sadly, all this is often at the expense of the reliability and robustness of knowledge. Ideas and data are hardly shared; the quest for novel findings dominates. This hinders a truly cumulative science and wastes resources. Recent initiatives in psychological science attempt to reduce publication bias, and improve data sharing and open science.
Daniël Lakens is Assistant Professor at the Human Technology Interaction group of the Eindhoven University of Technology. He believes science is a collaborative enterprise. Because of this he works on improving reward structures in science to facilitate data sharing, to improve the robustness of science through replication studies, and to stimulate sharing of pre-registered study designs that combat publication bias. In his talk, Daniël Lakens discusses aspects that hinder the open-minded attitude of scientists in the modern scientific field. He shows possible solutions from psychological science and illustrates how these can improve the robustness and efficiency of science.
The main lines of Daniël Lakens’ empirical research focus on conceptual thought, embodied cognition, behavioral synchrony, and color psychology. He was elected as best teacher of a bachelor course at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014.
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