Event series

Event series

Tools for theory: Improving the theoretical foundations of psychological science

  • Date: Nov 25, 2021
  • Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Speaker: Professor Iris van Rooij
  • Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Room: Zoom Meeting
  • Host: CBS Open Science

Researchers are routinely confronted with (but rarely trained at) the task of building sound theoretical frameworks for their phenomena of interest. In this event series, Iris van Rooij and Mark Blokpoel (Radboud University, Nijmegen) will provide a gentle introduction into the Whys and Hows of building better psychological theories. The event series consists of a public talk followed by a practical workshop. If you are interested – please feel invited to join any of the two or both! We are also happy to welcome participants that are not affiliated with MPI CBS.

 

Events

Talk

Talk

Iris van Rooij | Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 13:00–14:00 CET
Psychology has been reforming its own practices over the last decade. Most of that reform has focused on experiments and statistics while neglecting theory building. The history of cognitive science and mathematical psychology demonstrates the power of formal theory building. However, adoption of a formal approach in many areas of psychology seems to have been hindered by unfamiliarity. Much of psychology is still primarily in the business of discovering and confirming “effects”. This leaves contemporary psychology without strong formal and computational foundations, a scarcity of theoretical rigor, and a proliferation of just-so stories. In this talk, Iris will discuss how psychological science can improve its theoretical foundations by picking up tools for theory development.
You can watch a recording of Iris van Rooij's talk here in case you have missed the live event.

Video recording

You can watch a recording of Iris van Rooij's talk here in case you have missed the live event.
Workshop

Workshop

Iris van Rooij & Mark Blokpoel | Thu, Dec 2 & 9, 2021, 11:00–14:00 CET
Are you a graduate student or researcher in cognitive science or psychology? Would you like to be able to make your own, formally precise, theoretical models? You have no or little prior training in theory or modeling? This workshop is a place to start! The workshop consists of two days/parts, one week apart. In Part 1 (Dec 2) you learn about the conceptual foundations of theoretical modeling and you will perform a guided practice in formalization. In Part 2 (Dec 9) you will have the opportunity to practice formalizing your own theoretical ideas.

     

    Speakers

    Iris van Rooij
    Iris is a professor at the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University Nijmegen. She leads the Computational Cognitive Science  group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. more
    Mark Blokpoel
    Mark is an assistant professor at the School of Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University and member of the Computational Cognitive Science group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. more

     

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