journal club /ˈdʒɜrnəl klʌb/ n. a group of individuals who meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in the academic literature, generally of some branch of science or philosophy.

In February 2013, I started organising a weekly journal club for students taking my course Research Methods in the second year of the Psych bachelor. This was only meant to run for 7 weeks and focus on articles with interesting methodologies, but after the course ended, we decided it was fun enough to keep doing it year-round and we haven’t stopped since then.

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What we’re reading this year






At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, Journal Club put on its fancy clothes and became Book Club for a while. Through 8 meetings, we read and talked about Stuart Ritchie’s thriller Science Fictions, which came out in August of 2020 and deals with the ways scientific results may reflect bias, hype, or outright fraud, instead of being a reliable and valid description of reality (whatever we accept that to mean).

The schedule was:

  • September 14th, 16:00 – Introductions and Ch1 How Science Works (Tassos)
  • September 28th, 16:00 – Ch2 The Replication Crisis (Maria)
  • October 12th, 16:00 – Ch3 Fraud (Peter)
  • October 26th, 16:00 – Ch4 Bias (Nadine)
  • November 9th, 16:00 – Ch5 Negligence (Corné)
  • November 23rd, 16:00 – Ch6 Hype (Calum)
  • December 7th, 16:00 – Ch7 Perverse Incentives (Tassos)
  • December 21st, 16:00 – Ch8 Fixing Science (Sven)



February 24thPreregistration Is Hard, And Worthwhile, by Nosek et al. and Is Preregistration Worthwhile? by Szollosi et al.

February 10thCrud (Re)defined by Orben and Lakens

January 27thSeven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future by Morin

December 16thReplicator degrees of freedom allow publication of misleading failures to replicate by Ryan, Yeager, and O’Brien

November 18th – The SFDORA declaration and Use of the Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations by McKiernan et al.

October 21stThe natural selection of bad science by Smaldino and McElreath

October 7thMoving to a World Beyond “p < 0.05” by Wasserstein, Schirm & Lazar


June 3rdMoving to a World Beyond “p < 0.05” by Wasserstein, Schirm & Lazar

May 20thMere  Exposure  to  Money  Increases  Endorsement  of  Free-Market  Systems and  Social  Inequality by Caruso, Vohs, Baxter, and Waytz

March 8thAltruistic indulgence: people voluntarily consume high-calorie foods to make other people feel comfortable and pleasant by Lee and Kim

March 1stWeight as an Embodiment of Importance by Jostmann, Lakens, and Schubert

February 22ndJust think: The challenges of the disengaged mind by Wilson et al.

February 15thA taste of Kandinsky: assessing the influence of the artistic visual presentation of food on the dining experience by Michel et al.


April 23rdIncidental haptic sensations influence judgment of crimes by Schaefer, Cherkasskiy, Denke, Spies, Song, Malahy, Heinz, & Bargh

March 5thPoint-and-Shoot Memories: The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour, by L.A. Henkel

February 12thIs Eco-Friendly Unmanly? The Green-Feminine Stereotype and Its Effect on Sustainable Consumption, by A.R. Brough, J.E.B. Wilkie, J. Ma, M.S. Isaac, and D. Gal

October 16thCold-Blooded Attention: Finger Temperature Predicts Attentional Performance, by Vergara, Moënne-Loccoz, and Maldonado

September 25thWhy Summaries of Research on Psychological Research Are Often Uninterpretable, by Paul E. Meehl


May 15th – The meaning of “significance” for different types of tests, by de Groot Translated and Annotated by Eric–Jan Wagenmakers, Denny Borsboom, Josine Verhagen, Rogier Kievit, Marjan Bakker, Angelique Cramer, Dora Matzke, Don Mellenbergh, and Han L. J. van der Maas (Tassos)

April 10thCritical Analysis: A Comparison of Critical Thinking Changes in Psychology and Philosophy Classes, by Sears, Kraus, and Roberts-Cady (Steve)

March 13thThe Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, by Abraham Flexner (Tassos)

February 27thAcademic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition, by Edwards and Roy (Alex)

February 13thEating Heavily: Men Eat More in the Company of Women, by Kniffin, Sigirci, and Wansink (Nils)

January 30thDegrees of Freedom in Planning, Running, Analyzing, and Reporting Psychological Studies: A Checklist to Avoid p-Hacking, by Jelte M. Wicherts*, Coosje L. S. Veldkamp, Hilde E. M. Augusteijn, Marjan Bakker, Robbie C. M. van Aert and Marcel A. L. M. van Assen (Andrea)

January 9thHuman face processing is tuned to sexual age preferences, by Ponseti, Granert, van Eimeren, Jansen, Wolff, Beier, Deuschl, Bosinski, and Siebner (Paula)

December 19thRethinking Theoretical Approaches to Stigma, by Martin, Lang, and Olafsdottir (Steve)

December 5thThe Subjectifying Social Sciences, by Dreyfus and Rabinow (from their book “Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics”)

October 19thHigher body mass index is associated with episodic memory deficits in young adults, by Cheke, Simons, & Clayton (Nikolai)

October 3rdInternal consistency predicts attractiveness in biological motion walkers, by Klüver, Hecht, and Troje (Max)

September 26thWeight as an embodiment of importance, by Jostmann, Lakens, and Schubert (Tassos)

September 12thPublication Bias and the Canonization of False Facts, by Nissen, Magidson, Gross, and Bergstrom (Tassos)


April 11thCharting the future of social psychology on stormy seas: Winners, losers, and recommendations, by Baumeister (Tassos)

March 14thInvestigating Variation in Replicability: A “Many Labs” Replication Project, by Klein et al (Moritz)

February 29thP-Curve, a Key to the File Drawer Problem, by Simonsohn, Nelson, and Simmons (Tassos)

February 8thStrong Inference, by John Platt (Steve)

January 18thDevelopment of Interpersonal Coordination Between Peers During a Drumming Task, by Endendijk, Ramenzoni, Cox, Cillessen, Bekkering, and Hunnius (Nikolai)

December 14thPreliminary Support for a Generalized Arousal Model of Political Conservatism, by Tritt, S.M, Inzlicht, M, and Peterson, J.B. (Marcel)

November 30thNegotiating pictures of numbers, Alač, M. (Steve)

November 16thCorvid Re-Caching without ‘Theory of Mind’: A Model, by van der Vaart, E., Verbrugge, R. and Hemelrijk, C.K. (Tassos)

October 15thSadness Impairs Color Perception, by Thorstenson, C.A. Pazda, A.D., and Elliot, A.J. (Tassos)


May 8thA Spontaneous Self-Reference Effect in Memory: Why Some Birthdays Are Harder to Remember Than Others, by Kesebir, S. and Oishi, S. (Tassos)

March 2ndSeeking professional help: Etiology beliefs about mental illness across cultures, by Chen S.X. and Mak W.W.S. (Jessie)

February 23rd – Contemporary neuroscience in the media, by Racine E., Waldman S., Rosenberg J., and Illes J. (Yavor)

February 9thNatural Language Metaphors Covertly Influence Reasoning, by Thibodeau, P.H. and Boroditsky, L. (Tassos)

January 30thThe Value of Believing in Free Will; Encouraging a Belief in Determinism Increases Cheating, by Vohs, K.D. and Schooler, J.W. (Boris)

January 16thMystical-type experiences occasioned by psilocybin mediate the attribution of personal meaning and spiritual significance 14 months later, by Griffiths, R., Richards, W., Johnson, M., McCann, U.,  and Jesse, R. (Marco)

December 12thThe Ambiguous Meanings of the Racial/Ethnic Categories Routinely used in Human Genetics Research, by Hunt, L.M. and Megyesi, M.S. (Boris)

November 28thPossible role of more positive social behaviour in the clinical effect of antidepressant drugs, by Young, S.N., Moskowitz, D.S, and aan het Rot, M. (Marije)

November 14thWhen What You Hear Influences When You See: Listening to an Auditory Rhythm Influences the Temporal Allocation of Visual Attention, by Miller, J.E., Carlson, L.A., and McAuley, J.D. (Nikolai)

October 24thPower Increases Social Distance, by Lammers, J., Galinsky, A.D., Gordijn, E.H., and Otten, S. (Flo)

October 10thScience faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students, by Moss-Racusina, C.A., Dovidiob, J.F., Brescollc, V.L., Grahama, M.J., and Handelsmana, J. (Tassos)


June 4th – Medicalization. A new deal on disease definition, by Moynihan, R. (Thole)
May 28th – What Makes a Good Student? How Emotions, Self-Regulated Learning, and Motivation Contribute to Academic Achievement, by Mega, C., Ronconi, L. and De Beni, R. (Julian)
May 21st – Pornography Use: Who Uses It and How It Is Associated with Couple Outcomes, by Poulsen, F.O., Busby, D.M., and Galovan, A.M. (Flo)
May 14th – Imprisoned by the past: Unhappy moods lead to a retrospective bias to mind wandering, by Smallwood, J. and O’Connor, R.C. (Julian)
April 30th – Competing Speech Perception in Older and Younger Adults: Behavioral and Eye-Movement Evidence, by Helfer, K.S. and Staub, A. (Hanna)
March 26th – Publication and other reporting biases in cognitive sciences: detection, prevalence, and prevention, by Ioannidis, J.P.A, Munafò, M.R., Fusar-Poli, P., Nosek, B.A., And David, S.P.
March 12th – Two Birds with One Stone: A Pre Registered Adversarial Collaboration on Horizontal Eye Movements in Free Recall, by Matzke, D., Nieuwenhuis, S., van Rijn, H., Slagter, H.A., van der Molen, M.W., and Wagenmakers, E-J.
March 6th – Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, Conventionality , Whereas Disorder Produces Creativity, by Vohs, Redden, and Rahinel.
February 19th – Measuring the Prevalence of Questionable Research Practices With Incentives for Truth Telling, by John, Loewenstein, and Prelec.
February 12th – “Positive” Results Increase Down the Hierarchy of the Sciences, by Fanelli, D.

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