Learning, memory, and sleep

Chair(s): Gordon Feld (Mannheim; Heidelberg), Tina Lonsdorf (Hamburg)

Presenter(s): Rachel Sjouwerman (Hamburg-Eppendorf), Gordon Feld (Mannheim; Heidelberg), Christian Paret (Mannheim; Heidelberg), Tina Lonsdorf (Hamburg-Eppendorf), Christian Merz (Bochum)

This symposium is organized by members of the ‘Interest Group for Open and Reproducible Research (IGOR)” within the DGPs Section Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology. It covers empirical evaluations and case reports of preregistration, data sharing, ethical considerations as well as new methods developed to enhance reproducibility of research in Biological Psychology. First, Rachel Sjouwerman illustrates how a single raw data set can give rise to a multitude (i.e., ‘multiverse’) of processed data sets due to the co-existence of multiple alternative and equally reasonable processing pipelines using skin conductance responses as an example. She demonstrates a novel way of meeting the resulting challenge of unclear comparability and robustness across pipelines by using a multiverse-type of analysis. Second, Gordon Feld introduces a case study of a complex biological psychology experiment submitted as a Registered Report. He demonstrates how a failure to derive the experiment clearly from a sound theoretical basis may impede the probability of success. Third, Christian Paret presents results from an Online Survey on Open Science Practices in Neuroimaging Research. Fourth, Tina Lonsdorf showcases an inventory of ‘open data’ by using fear conditioning research as a case example to illustrate the status quo, current challenges and prospects of data sharing in psychophysiological research. Finally, Christian Merz discusses ethical considerations for data sharing with a focus on Biological Psychology. This symposium showcases current challenges of introducing open and reproducible practices into our research work-flows, derives clear take-home messages and critically discusses the prospects and opportunities of these for advancing the field.