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Daniel Lakens is an Associate Professor in the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include meta-science, research methods and applied statistics. Daniel’s main lines of empirical research focus on conceptual thought, similarity, and meaning. He also focuses on how to design and interpret studies, applied (meta)-statistics, and reward structures in science.  
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Constructing Research Questions
Doing Interesting Research
Mats Alvesson - Mar 06, 2013
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All researchers want to produce interesting and influential theories. A key step in all theory development is formulating innovative research questions that will result in interesting and significant research. Traditional textbooks on research methods tend to ignore, or gloss over, actual ways of constructing research questions. In this text, Alves...
Daniël Lakens
Apr 04, 2021
Greatly enjoyed the book "Constructing Research Questions: Doing Interesting Research": (you might have free access through your library). Asking problematizing questions (see table) (instead of 'gap-spotting' questions) is something worthwhile to teach.      source
The Circle
Dave Eggers - Dec 15, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campu...
Daniël Lakens
Mar 22, 2021
Slightly less directly, but still something that pops up as I use social media, is David Eggers' 2013 book The Circle. A bit more extreme (it is fiction) but it has great sections that will make you self-reflect.      source
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Jon Ronson - Mar 29, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Now a  New York Times  bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipi...
Daniël Lakens
Mar 22, 2021
As we are on this topic, one book that changed my action on social media more than any other was reading Jon Ronson's "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - highly recommended - if you have any other recommendations, would love to hear them.      source
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Designing Experiments and Analyzing Data
A Model Comparison Perspective, Third Edition
Scott E. Maxwell - Aug 02, 2017 (first published in 1990)
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Designing Experiments and Analyzing Data: A Model Comparison Perspective (3rd edition) offers an integrative conceptual framework for understanding experimental design and data analysis. Maxwell, Delaney, and Kelley first apply fundamental principles to simple experimental designs followed by an application of the same principles to more complicate...
Daniël Lakens
Mar 04, 2021
@dsquintana Both are great, but that book by Maxwell Delaney and Kelley is really 💯- it keeps giving and I have learned *so* much from it.      source
Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
David Lindley - Feb 12, 2008
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The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.—Werner HeisenbergThat God would choose to play dice with the world is something I cannot believe.—Albert EinsteinNothing exists until it is measured.—Neils BohrThe remarkable story of a startling scientific idea that ignited a ba...
Daniël Lakens
Dec 21, 2020
Greatly enjoyed Lindley's book on uncertainty in early quantum theory. It makes you understand why philosophers of science so often use examples from this time. Very educational.      source
Introduction to Meta-Analysis
Michael Borenstein - Apr 27, 2009
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This book provides a clear and thorough introduction to meta-analysis, the process of synthesizing data from a series of separate studies. Meta-analysis has become a critically important tool in fields as diverse as medicine, pharmacology, epidemiology, education, psychology, business, and ecology. Introduction to Meta-Analysis Outlines the role of...
Daniël Lakens
Dec 16, 2020
@AV_SP As long as you have 2 groups, F = t*t. I would recommend reading Borenstein's book on meta-analysis if you are doing it for the first time and use metafor in R.      source
Social Science Methodology
A Unified Framework (Strategies for Social Inquiry)
John Gerring - Dec 15, 2011
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John Gerring's exceptional textbook has been thoroughly revised in this second edition. It offers a one-volume introduction to social science methodology relevant to the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology. This new edition has been extensively developed with the introduction of new material ...
Daniël Lakens
Mar 09, 2020
This book by Gerring on Social Science Methodology was a lovely read - the first part is an opinionated view on concept formation and creating a solid argument, the second part is an excellent overview of causality - all sections are too rarely taught!      source
Theory Building
Robert Dubin - Feb 01, 1978
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Daniël Lakens
Feb 24, 2020
This is a dual appreciation tweet of 1) The book Theory Building by Dubin from 1969, which I highly recommend reading, and 2) the fact I could borrow it for free online from @internetarchive which is amazing (I'll return the book in 10 days if you want it)      source
What Is This Thing Called Science?
Alan F. Chalmers - Sep 15, 2013
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Since its first publication in 1976, Alan Chalmers's highly regarded and widely read work--translated into eighteen languages--has become a classic introduction to the scientific method, known for its accessibility to beginners and its value as a resource for advanced students and scholars.In addition to overall improvements and updates inspired by...
Daniël Lakens
Jan 26, 2020
Finally read "What is this thing called science?" by Chalmers (overview of the book: - pdf is a search away). If you want to learn about philosophy of science, you can't go wrong starting here. Very clear, and a great choice of topics.      source
Understanding Psychology as a Science
An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference
Zoltan Dienes - Feb 14, 2008
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An accessible and illuminating exploration of the conceptual basisof scientific and statistical inference and the practical impact this has on conducting psychological research. The book encourages a critical discussion of the different approaches and looks at some of the most important thinkers and their influence....
Daniël Lakens
May 11, 2019
I highly recommend reading Zoltan Dienes' book on Understanding Psychology as a Science (also for non-psych!). One of the best books on philosophy of science, falsification, and different approaches to statistics: Absolutely a must read.      source
What If There Were No Significance Tests?
Lisa L. Harlow - Mar 14, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The classic edition of What If There Were No Significance Tests? highlights current statistical inference practices. Four areas are featured as essential for making inferences: sound judgment, meaningful research questions, relevant design, and assessing fit in multiple ways. Other options (data visualization, replication or meta-analysis), other f...
Daniël Lakens
Sep 18, 2018
It is very regrettable this is only available as a book - but it is one of the best (most balanced) discussions on pros and cons of hypothesis testing out there. I had seen the book years ago, and should have read it cover to cover then. Highly recommended.      source
Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills, Second Edition by James Jaccard