Vazire Wins Prize for Open Social Science

Simine Vazire, associate professor of psychology, has won a Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science, in the Leaders in Education category. The award recognizes her efforts to advance reproducibility, openness and credibility in the social sciences—through the courses she teaches at UC Davis and by co-founding the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences awarded eight Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for 2017, to six Emerging Researchers and two Leaders in Education, selected from 58 nominees representing an array of social science disciplines in 10 countries.

The Leamer-Rosenthal Prize was created by a group of scientists in 2015 to counter a “credibility crisis” resulting from a series of scandals involving fake results and irreproducible findings.

She is president of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, the organization that she co-founded in 2016 with the aim of encouraging open, reproducible science. She is senior editor of the society's journal Collabra: Psychology.

“It’s human nature to want to be right and look good and make a living,” Vazire said. “Right now, there’s a lot more reward for finding what you predicted (or predicting what you found) and getting surprising, extraordinary results than for getting results that are robust.”

She teaches courses in research methods, a topic she studies in addition to her work in people’s self-knowledge of their own personalities and behaviors.

This story was originally published by UC Davis News.

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