Open Science, open 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. The conference will introduce concepts and methods of open science to an interdisciplinary audience working on psychological and philosophical topics, and provide a platform for debate around replicability and reproducibility.
The workshop will provide an introduction to as well as advanced reflection on open science and replicability to psychologists and empirically working philosophers. We will set a focus on ways to enhance the process, content, and outcomes of research, and discuss how researchers can make their projects openly accessible for others to explore and build on. A series of keynote talks from researchers in psychology, cognitive science and philosophy will shed light on their experience, ideas and advice around open science. In addition, a round table discussion will allow all researchers to exchange their experience with experimental research in psychology and philosophy, to discuss potential ideas for methodological improvement and joint scientific standards, as well as to formulate concrete measures to implement those standards.
Lara Kirfel is a PhD student at the Department of Experimental Psychology at University College London.
Dr Pascale Willemsen
Dr Pascale Willemsen is a post-doctoral Researcher at Ruhr University Bochum and Visiting Fellow at University College London.
Prof. Dr. David Shanks
David Shanks is Professor of Experimental Psychology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at University College London.