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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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Projects 2017 2022

Improving the Reliability and Efficiency of Psychological Science

Lakens, D., Lakens, D., Gerrits, E., Scheel, A., Isager, P., Vromans - Staps, I., Vromans - Staps, I., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Tiokhin, L.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2009 2019

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
1 Citation (Scopus)

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
Pearson Correlation
1 Citation (Scopus)

A decision-making perspective on coaching behavior change: a field experiment on promoting exercise at work

Zhang, C., Starczewski, A. P., Lakens, D. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 1 Jan 2018, Persuasive Technology: 13th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2018, Waterloo, ON, Canada, April 18-19, 2018, Proceedings. Ham, J., Karapanos, E., Morita, P. P. & Burns, C. M. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 87-98 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10809 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Field Experiment
Application programs
Decision making
Decision Making

Cross-modal associations between aggression, color and brightness

Schietecat, A. C., 3 Sep 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 196 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Equivalence testing for psychological research: a tutorial

Lakens, D., Scheel, A. M. & Isager, P., 2018, In : Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. 1, 2, p. 259-269

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science

Daniël Lakens (Recipient), 2017

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

NWO-Vidi 2016/2017

Daniël Lakens (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: 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

Wetenschappelijk onderzoek moet beter én vaker worden herhaald.

Daniël Lakens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Waarom statistici willen dat de wetenschap strenger wordt

Daniël Lakens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Deze jonge psycholoog vertegenwoordigt het nieuwe elan in de wetenschap

Daniël Lakens


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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


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


"I never read the whole thing": improving the usability of scientific papers to match digital reading habits

Author: Lomas, J., 16 Dec 2016

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

Student thesis: Master