24: Incentive structures in science

Episode 24 · August 17th, 2016 · 1 hr 20 secs

About this Episode

Science funding has a series of built in incentive structures, but what sort of science does this produce?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Feedback from our 'Public health and Pokemon' episode (#22)
  • Incentive structures in science
  • What we should be doing in science compared to what we are doing
  • Quantity vs. Quality
  • The analysis of Trump's tweets for negativity vs. positivity
  • Pre-registration
  • How much detail do you need to go into when it comes to pre-registering an analysis
  • APS journal badges - they're working!
  • Data sharing makes you more careful with your data
  • Solutions to the incentive problem have to come from the policy level
  • The grant funding lottery system proposal
  • The PhD oversupply
  • Gaming the system
  • James wants to mandate science communication
  • Dan wants to include replication studies in PhD programs
  • Scientist names that suit their research area


  • The article on incentive structures


  • The Allen brain atlas


  • Analysis of Trump's tweets


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