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12:30 14 June - 14:30 16 June 2018

We Are Open! Reproducibility and Replicability in Psychology and Experimental Philosophy


G12 | 1-19 Torrington Place
1-19 Torrington Place | London | London | WC1E 7HB | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Student Fee - £70 / Regular Fee - £100
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh, Edouard Machery is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. His research focuses on the philosophical issues raised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience with a special interest in concepts, moral psychology, and the relevance of evolutionary biology for understanding cognition, modularity. He is also involved in the development of experimental philosophy, having published several noted articles in this field.
David Shanks, UCL, David Shanks is a Professor of Experimental Psychology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at University College London. His research interests include human learning and memory; judgment and decision-making; computational modeling, amnesia, the hippocampus, and the implicit-explicit distinction; economic psychology and rationality. He has built up an extensive and widely recognised body of work of replication studies in key areas of psychology during his career. He is one of the key advocates and practitioners of open science in psychology in the UK
Elizabeth Spelke, Harcard University, Elizabeth S. Spelke is The Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Her laboratory focuses on the sources of uniquely human cognitive capacities, including the capacity for formal mathematics, the capacity for constructing and using symbolic representations such as maps, the capacity for developing comprehensive taxonomies of objects, and the capacity for reasoning about other humans and their social groups.
Deborah Mayo, Virginia Tech University, Deborah G. Mayo is Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech, and is a visiting professor, London School of Economics and Political Science: Center for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). She is the author of Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge (1996) which won the 1998 Lakatos Prize awarded to the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science in the previous 6 years. She coeditedError and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (E.R.R.O.R) (2010, CUP) with Aris Spanos, and has published widely in the philosophy of science, statistics and experimental inference. She co-founded, with G. W. Chatfield, t
Justin Sytsma, Wellington University, Justin Sytsma is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). His research focuses on questions in philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology. He is a practitioner of experimental philosophy and often employ empirical methods to cast light on philosophical issues. He recently wrote a guide to the systematic collection and analysis of empirical data for academic philosophers.
Florian Cova, University of Geneva, Florian Cova is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva. He works mainly in experimental philosophy, on topics such as intentional action, free will and aesthetics. He has recently coordinated the XPhi Replicability Project, an international project that aims at estimating the replicability of empirical results in experimental philosophy.

The main aim of the workshop “Open Science, Open Philosophy?” is to bring together psychologists, philosophers and cognitive scientists who aim to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of their research.

A growing number of academics across psychological disciplines have argued in favour of open science, highlighting the value of transparency and validity of research as well as its relevance in regards to public ownership of scientific findings. Experimental Philosophy is a recent development within philosophy that makes use of empirical data—often gathered through surveys, lab experiments or field studies—in order to inform research on philosophical questions. However, while the debate around open science has started to spark methodological improvements in psychology and cognitive science, philosophers are yet at the beginning of using open science techniques in their research.


Lara Kirfel


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