PSY9311 – Peer reviewing and open science best practices: case affective neuroscience
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This module covers the peer review process and current best practices in psychology and neuroscience, such as preregistration, registered reports and other open science practices. The literature basis of the course is selected from covers topics that are currently debated in Affective Neuroscience, e.g.
- Does social pain really hurt?
- What is the role of dopamine for reward?
- Is there a placebo prone personality?
- Are there reliable effects of intranasal oxytocin on human social cognition?
- Can neuroimaging provide an objective measure of pain?
In lectures, professors and students will discuss strengths and flaws of affective neuroscience papers and approaches.
In seminars, students will practise i) critical reading of the literature, ii) writing peer reviews; iii) responding to peer reviews and improving manuscripts.
The students will learn to
- Conduct and respond to formal peer reviews
- Choose and evaluate open science best practices such as preregistration, open code and data, registered reports, and evaluating effect sizes
- Evaluate the explanatory value and limitations of a broad range of cognitive neuroscience approaches, such as fMRI, psychopharmacology and behavioural tasks in non-human and human populations
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5 credits overlap with PSY4311 – Affective Neuroscience: Peer reviewing and open science practices
5 lectures á 2h, 5 seminars á 2h.
Five mandatory ungraded assignments (peer reviewing practice)
Home exam in which a manuscript is critically reviewed (graded).
Examination support material
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally
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Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.