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Daniel Lakens is an Associate Professor in the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include meta-science, research methods and applied statistics. Daniel’s main lines of empirical research focus on conceptual thought, similarity, and meaning. He also focuses on how to design and interpret studies, applied (meta)-statistics, and reward structures in science. A large part of his work deals with developing methods for critically reviewing and optimally structuring  studies.

Academic background

Daniel has a background in experimental psychologist and received his PhD from Utrecht University in 2010. Daniel’s research is funded by an NWO VIDI grant for a project that aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science. He has also convinced NWO to start a pilot project with grants dedicated to replication research.

He teaches an online MOOC on ‘Improving Your Statistical Inferences’, and won a TU/e Teacher of the Year award in 2014. He has given over 40 workshops on open science and improving research practices, co-edited a special issue consisting of pre-registered replication studies with Brian Nosek. 

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Research Personnel Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Aggression Medicine & Life Sciences
Interpersonal Relations Medicine & Life Sciences
Sample Size Medicine & Life Sciences
Cognition Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2022

Research Output 2009 2020

16 Citations (Scopus)
183 Downloads (Pure)

Improving inferences about null effects with Bayes factors and equivalence tests

Lakens, D., McLatchie, N., Isager, P., Scheel, A. M. & Dienes, Z., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 75, 1, p. 45-57 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Research Personnel
Bayesian statistics
significance test

Improving natural product research translation: from source to clinical trial

Sorkin, B. C., Kuszak, A. J., Bloss, G., Fukagawa, N. K., Hoffmann, F., Jafari, M., Barrett, B., Brown, P. N., Bushman, F. D., Casper, S. J., Chilton, F. H., Coffey, C. S., Ferruzzi, M. G., Hopp, D. C., Kiely, M., Lakens, D., MacMilan, J. B., Meltzer, D. O., Pahor, M., Paul, J. & 12 others, Pritchett-Corning, K., Quinney, S. K., Rehermann, B., Setchell, K. D. R., Sipes, N. S., Stephens, J. M., Taylor, D. L., Tiriac, H., Walters, M. A., Xi, D., Zappalá, G. & Pauli, G. F., Jan 2020, In : The FASEB Journal. 34, 1, p. 41-65 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Biological Products
Clinical Trials
Public health
Dietary supplements
2 Citations (Scopus)
20 Downloads (Pure)

How to classify, detect, and manage univariate and multivariate outliers, with emphasis on pre-registration

Leys, C., Delacre, M., Mora, Y. L., Lakens, D. & Ley, C., 30 Apr 2019, In : International Review of Social Psychology. 32, 1, 10 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Research Personnel

Improving your statistical questions (MOOC)

Lakens, D., 2019, Coursera.

Research output: Other contributionPopular

research practice
empirical research
1 Citation (Scopus)
37 Downloads (Pure)

Multiple perspectives on inference for two simple statistical scenarios

van Dongen, N. N. N., van Doorn, J. B., Gronau, Q. F., van Ravenzwaaij, D., Hoekstra, R., Haucke, M. N., Lakens, D., Hennig, C., Morey, R. D., Homer, S., Gelman, A., Sprenger, J. & Wagenmakers, E. J., 29 Mar 2019, In : American Statistician. 73, sup1, p. 328-339 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science

Daniël Lakens (Recipient), 2017

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

NWO-Vidi 2016/2017

Daniël Lakens (Recipient), 2017

Prize: NWOVidiScientific

best practice
empirical research

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Editorial activity

Cognition and Emotion (Journal)

Daniël Lakens (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media


Yvonne A.W. de Kort & Daniël Lakens


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Just Say No to P-Hacking

Daniël Lakens


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

An explorative study about the effect of pulsating lighting on stress-recovery

Author: Wan, S., 31 Dec 2011

Supervisor: Ham, J. (Supervisor 1) & Lakens, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Bringing order to psychological data: explorations in a meta-analytical space

Author: Bek, J., 20 Dec 2019

Supervisor: Lakens, D. (Supervisor 1), Isager, P. (Supervisor 2), Snijders, C. C. (Supervisor 2) & Ruijten, P. A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Effect or demand: the influence of effortful interaction on visiual perception

Author: Hamelink, C., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1) & Lakens, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Hybrid versus Plan-Driven development: a qualitative analysis

Author: Straatman, F., 30 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Lakens, D. (Supervisor 1), Schaminée, J. (Supervisor 2) & IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Improving scientific library search

Author: Heuff, L., 30 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Lakens, D. (Supervisor 1), Snijders, C. (Supervisor 2) & Haans, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master