Do not fear zombie scientists and their zombie papers

Horrific Abstract We say: Don't fear zombie scientists and their zombie papers! While they have done great harm in the past, there is hope for the future. With the internet at our disposal and new tools for scientific research (like Prolific 😉 ), it will become easier to double-check claims and replicate…

Celebrating our Oxford community! Congrats for being ranked as #1 in the world, Oxford Uni (and we have big plans for Prolific – stay tuned)

Times Higher Education have just announced that Oxford is the first UK university to top the world university rankings. Congrats, University of Oxford! We're delighted to be part of this amazing community. 🎓 🤓 Our community Oxford is where Prolific was born, and where it has made its first baby steps. At…

New prescreening filter: naïve vs. experienced participants

When participants take part in online research they get repeatedly exposed to research materials. This can lead to the problem of 'nonnaïveté', which has been identified as one key challenge for experimental online research. Chandler et al. (2015) have found that nonnaïveté can reduce effect sizes and undermine statistical power.…

A Crowdsourcing Platform Designed for Scientific Research

As a junior psychological scientist I am constantly looking for ways to recruit participants. While I have used online recruitment platforms in the past with reasonable success, I’ve always mused about some of the obvious drawbacks. Why is it so hard to prescreen? How on earth do they permit…