The Leverhulme Lecture - Prof Stephen Lindsay (University of Victoria)
This is an exciting time for life sciences. Developments in statistics and programming have gone hand in glove with technological advances and cultural changes to enable new approaches to collecting, analysing, and sharing data. This nascent renaissance was sparked, in part, by a recent surge in awareness of flaws in the way some life-science researchers use inferential statistics to answer questions (e.g., Does mindfulness meditation enhance wellbeing? Do vitamin D supplements improve health?). Until a few years ago, I was one such researcher. I’m still no statistics maven, but I’ve learned a lot that I am convinced has improved the quality of my science. The primary aims of my talk are to (a) persuade listeners that some areas of the life sciences have a long-standing problem with overstating findings, (b) help them to understand the causes of that problem, and (c) briefly describe methods and introduce tools that improve effect-size estimation
D. Stephen (Steve) Lindsay is Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and is currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Reed College in 1981, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He completed his doctoral work under the supervision of renowned memory researcher Marcia K. Johnson. Steve taught at Williams College for three years, then worked for one year at McMaster University in the lab of Larry Jacoby, another pioneering memory researcher, before taking up a position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria. From 1995 to 1997, Steve was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Bangor, thereafter returning to UVic as Professor.
Steve’s research has been supported by the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council since 1990, and he has also received research funding from a variety of other agencies in Canada and elsewhere. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journal articles, along with numerous other sorts of publications.
From 2002 to 2007 Steve served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Currently, he is Editor in Chief of Psychological Science. He has served in various capacities within the Psychonomic Society, the Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a recipient of the University of Victoria's Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.
Prof Lindsay's lecture is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust. This lecture forms part of the Goldsmiths Psychology Departmental Seminar Series. All are welcome to attend and no tickets are required.
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