Universität Wien FIND

200114 SE Advanced Seminar: Mind and Brain (2022S)


4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Dieses Vertiefungsseminar kann für alle Schwerpunkte absolviert werden.

Vertiefungsseminare können nur fürs Pflichtmodul B verwendet werden! Eine Verwendung fürs Modul A4 Freie Fächer ist nicht möglich.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 09.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 16.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 23.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 30.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 06.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 27.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 04.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 11.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 18.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 25.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 01.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 08.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 15.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 22.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 29.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The reproducibility crisis - spurred by the empirical discovery of low replication rates for psychological studies - has marked the last decade of psychological research, and given rise to the emerging discipline of meta-psychology. Meta-psychology, as a sub-field of meta-science, takes an interdisciplinary view of psychological methodology, mainly relying on statistical, historical, philosophical, and computational perspectives. In this seminar, we will first cover the recent history of the reproducibility crisis. Then we will discuss the methodological proposals that are intended to improve psychological methodology (e.g. Open Science movement). Next, we will trace the historical lineages, and philosophical underpinnings of these methodological proposals. Finally, we will discuss the ongoing debates in the field of meta-psychology.

The seminar will specifically address the following questions:
- What were the causes of the reproducibility crisis and how did it give rise to meta-science and meta-psychology?
- What were the effects of the reproducibility crisis in terms of novel methodological proposals (e.g., stricter statistical standards, increased demands for transparency)?
- What is the historical lineage and philosophical underpinning of these methodological proposals?
- What are the current debates in meta-psychology?

Please note: statistical meta-analysis is *not* one of the topics of main interest in this seminar, although we may briefly touch upon it.

This seminar is open to students from all fields (all Schwerpunkte).

Assessment and permitted materials

- attendance
- active participation in class and forum discussions
- presentation of a scientific paper
- short in-class quizzes

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- missing 2 classes max
- active participation in class and forum discussions: 60%
- presentation of a scientific paper (approx. 15min): 40%
- short in-class quizzes: 5% bonus points

Examination topics

Active participation in discussions of literature covered in the seminar, critical thinking, sharing knowledge, asking relevant questions.

The presentation of the scientific paper will cover a concise summary of its content, provide context, and stimulate discussion of open questions.

There won’t be a written exam.

Reading list

The reading list will be announced in the seminar. Here are some references that can be consulted to get a sense of the course topics:

Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aac4716

Munafò, M. R., Nosek, B. A., Bishop, D. V. M., Button, K. S., Chambers, C. D., Percie Du Sert, N., Simonsohn, U., Wagenmakers, E. J., Ware, J. J., & Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2017). A manifesto for reproducible science. Nature Human Behaviour, 1(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-016-0021

Vazire, S. (2018). Implications of the credibility revolution for productivity, creativity, and progress. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13(4), 411-417. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617751884

Nelson, L. D., Simmons, J., & Simonsohn, U. (2018). Psychology's renaissance. Annual review of psychology, 69, 511-534.

Association in the course directory

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