Everything Hertz

A podcast by scientists, for scientists. Methodology, scientific life, and bad language.

About the show

A podcast by scientists, for scientists. Methodology, scientific life, and bad language. Co-hosted by Dr. Dan Quintana (University of Oslo) and Dr. James Heathers (Northeastern University)

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  • 97: Slow science

    December 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 44 secs

    Dan and James discuss the concept of "slow science", which has been proposed in order to improve the quality of scientific research and create a more sustainable work environment.

  • 96: The chaotic state of doctoral research

    November 18th, 2019  |  47 mins 49 secs

    Dan and James discuss the results of this year's Nature survey of PhD students. Despite a majority of students reporting general satisfaction with their decision to undertake a PhD, many described a sense of uncertainty, harassment in the lab, and gruelling work hours.

  • 95: All good presentations are alike; each bad presentation is bad in its own way

    November 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Dan and James discuss why academia tolerates bad presentations and the strange distrust of polished presentations.

  • 94: Predicting the replicability of research

    October 21st, 2019  |  58 mins 10 secs

    Dan and James chat with Fiona Fidler (University of Melbourne), who is leading the repliCATS project, which aims to develop accurate techniques to elicit estimates of the replicability of research.

  • 93: Double-blind peer review vs. open science

    October 7th, 2019  |  54 mins 46 secs

    Dan and James answer a listener question on how to navigate open science practices, such as preprints and open code repositories, in light of double-blind reviews.

  • 92: Chaos in the brickyard

    September 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Dan and James discuss the role of Google Scholar in citation patterns and whether we should limit academics to only publishing two papers a year.

  • 91: Shifting the goalposts in statistics (with Kristin Sainani)

    September 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    We chat with Kristin Sainani (Stanford University) about a popular statistical method in sports medicine research (magnitude based inference), which has been banned by some journals, but continues to thrive in some pockets of scholarship. We also discuss the role of statistical inference in the current replication crisis.

  • 90: Mo data mo problems

    August 19th, 2019  |  58 mins 4 secs

    Dan and James discuss listener questions on performing secondary data analysis and the potential for prestige to creep into open science reforms.

  • 89: Conflicts of interest in psychology (with Tom Chivers)

    August 5th, 2019  |  59 mins 52 secs

    We chat with Tom about whether psychology has a conflict-of-interest problem and how to best define conflicts.

  • 88: The pomodoro episode

    July 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 secs

    Dan and James apply the pomodoro principle by tackling four topics within a strict ten-minute time limit each: James' new error detection tool, academic dress codes, the "back in my day..." defence for QRPs, and p-slacking.

  • 87: Improving the scientific poster (with Mike Morrison)

    July 1st, 2019  |  51 mins 16 secs

    We chat with Mike Morrison, a former User Experience (UX) designer who quit his tech career to research how we can bring UX design principles to science. We discuss Mike's recently introduced 'better poster' format and why scientists should think carefully about UX.

  • 86: Should I stay or should I go?

    June 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Dan and James answer a listener question on whether they should stick it out for a few months in a toxic lab to get one more paper or if they should leave.

  • 85: GWAS big teeth you have, grandmother (with Kevin Mitchell)

    June 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins

    We chat with Kevin Mitchell (Trinity College Dublin) about what the field of psychology can learn from genetics research, how our research theories tend to be constrained by our research tools, and his new book, "Innate".

  • 84: A GPS in the Garden of Forking Paths (with Amy Orben)

    May 21st, 2019  |  52 mins 22 secs

    We chat with Amy Orben, who applies "multiverse" methodology to combat and expose analytical flexibility in her research area of the impact of digital technologies on psychological wellbeing. We also discuss ReproducibiliTea, an early career researcher-led journal club initiative she co-founded, which helps young researchers create local open science groups.

  • 83: Back to our dirty unwashed roots

    May 8th, 2019  |  59 mins 11 secs

    By popular demand, Dan and James are kicking it old school and just shooting the breeze. They cover whether scientists should be on Twitter, if Fortnite is ruining our youth, book recommendations, and null oxytocin studies.

  • 82: More janitors and fewer architects

    April 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins

    We answer a listener question on the possible negative consequences of the open science movement—are things moving too quickly?