Zoltán Kekecs: How to produce credible research on anything

How can we trust research produced by others, and how can we show others that the research we produce can be trusted? What would it take for you to trust a re- sult that directly contradicts your prior beliefs? A host of credibility enhancing approaches will be discussed including crowdsourced research design, automation, trusted third party oversight, tamper evident seals on data and software, documented training, lab logs, and radical transparency about the whole research pipeline. These techniques and their consequences are pre- sented in the context of a massive multilab replication of one of Bem’s 2011 parapsychology experiments investigating human precognitive abilities that shocked psychological science and contributed to the initiation of the reformist movement on the field.

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Zoltán Kekecs

Assistant Professor, Department of Affective Psychology, ELTE

Zoltan Kekecs is an assistant professor at ELTE. Earlier he worked as a post-doctor at Baylor University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; at Imperial College London, Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, and at Lund University, Institute of Psychology. His research focuses on the efficacy and underlying psychophysiological mechanisms of medical hypnosis. He also leads the ELTE and Lund Research Credibility Workgroups, aiming to develop tools and methodologies that can enhance the credibility of research in psychological science.

His professional accomplishments have been recognized by the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is also active in professional societies: Since 2018 he is a methodologist and member of the Data and Methods Committee of the Psychological Science Accelerator, and he is an elected officer of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Earlier he was the treasurer of the American Psychological Association Division 30.