Rebecca Willén

I am an independent researcher in metascience and psychology. My main professional interests are research ethics, research methodology, and investigative psychology. I’m the founder of Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE; founded in 2016) and a strong proponent of openness and transparency.

I defended my PhD in Psychology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2016. The thesis, Counting on the Details: Inquiring Into Past Events of Cooperative Interviewees, discuss problems with the scientific practices commonly employed to develop new techniques for interrogation and deception detection through analyses of verbal content. The thesis can also be viewed as an inside documentation from the major transitional phase psychological science experiences since 2012 (still ongoing in 2018): a transition between outdated practices (e.g. questionable research practices) and modern practices (open scientific practices). My thesis comprises four studies conducted between 2010 and 2015. The disclosure statements (p. 27-28) for the earlier studies report scientific misconduct in line with the outdated practices (e.g. non-transparent reporting, p-hacking and post hoc hypothesizing), while the two later studies were more in line with the updated practices (transparent reporting, open data and material; although still lacking preregistration).

After finishing my PhD in 2016, I devoted my work to metascience (research about research) and the building of IGDORE. One important purpose of IGDORE is to make the transition toward open scientific practices smoother for scientists who – like myself – were trained in the now outdated practices.


ORCID: 0000-0002-7651-9365

Google Scholar: FEh-KPsAAAAJ

Open Science Framework: j8mx4

Publons: 1195639

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