Where have I been? (looking back on the last year)

With the new school year upon us, I figured this was a good time to reflect on all that happened with me over the past year or so. It was an exciting year, that included a lot of new collaborations and traveling all over the place. Let me bring you up to speed on what’s been going on.

Side note: If you know me primarily from reading this blog you might (justifiably) think I’ve disappeared. Only two posts since last summer? Geez, I really suck. I’m still here, but I just don’t have as much time as before to focus on the kind of in-depth technical blogging I used to do. On the bright side I have kept writing that kind of material, but in the form of papers! Maybe I can do some light less-technical blogging this year, we’ll see.

Here’s a list of some developments in my career and life over the last year (here’s an updated CV):

1. My collaborators and I published these papers

  • Introduction to the concept of likelihood and its applications [preprint] (which takes from some of my blog posts [1, 2])
  • How to become a Bayesian in eight easy steps: An annotated reading list [$$$, OA] (with Quentin Gronau, Fabian Dablander, Peter Edelsbrunner, and Beth Baribault)
  • Introduction to Bayesian inference for psychology [$$$, OA] (with Joachim Vandekerckhove)
  • J. B. S. Haldane’s contribution to the Bayes factor hypothesis test [OA] (with E.-J. Wagenmakers)
  • Making replication mainstream [preprint] (with Rolf Zwaan, Rich Lucas, and Brent Donnellan, born out of discussions from SIPS 2016)
  • Too true to be bad: When Sets of Studies with Significant and Non-Significant Findings Are Probably True [OA] (with Daniel Lakens)
  • Bayesian Inference for Psychology. Part II: Example Applications with JASP [OA] (with the JASP team)

2. And we’ve submitted some more

  • Bayesian Reanalyses from Summary Statistics: A Guide for Academic Consumers [preprint] (with Alexander Ly, Akash Raj, Maarten Marsman, Quentin Gronau, and E.-J. Wagenmakers)
  • Reported self-control does not meaningfully assess the ability to override impulses [preprint] (with Bair Saunders, Marina Milyavskaya, Daniel Randles, and Mickey Inzlicht)
  • Replication Bayes factors from Evidence Updating [preprint] (with Alexander Ly, Maarten Marsman, and E.-J. Wagenmakers)

3. J. P. de Ruiter and I started recording a podcast (with valuable help from Saul Albert and Laura de Ruiter and others)

  • We recorded a number of episodes but have hit some delays in producing the podcast, but it is coming soon! I will post about it when it is released.

4. I reviewed for four new journals

  • Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (a brand new psych journal!)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Review of General Psychology
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science

5. I presented at 3 conferences

  • The Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology in Warwick, UK
  • The Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston [poster]
  • The Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston

6. I taught 2 workshops on Bayesian statistics (and helped at a third)

  • A one-day workshop for the Psychology Statistics Club at University of Ottawa [materials]
  • A “deep dive” workshop for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Antonio, TX
  • Teaching assistant for the Seventh Annual JAGS and WinBUGS Workshop in Amsterdam (I stuck around Amsterdam for ~2 months)

7. I attended the second annual meeting of The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)

  • SIPS continues to be awesome
  • Our “Making replication mainstream” paper (just recently accepted!) was born out of discussions we had at the inaugural SIPS meeting

8. The JASP team and I made 3 new videos

9. I wrote a guest post for the new Bayesian Spectacles blog

10. I officiated a wedding

  • If you know me personally (in real life or on facebook) you might know that my sister got married earlier this year and I acted as the officiant for the ceremony. I’ve done a lot of academic public speaking, but this one was a special kind of nerve-wracking! (but also really fun and rewarding!)


(I don’t see these kinds of periodic recap posts from my blogging colleagues very often. I’m not sure why not. Maybe posts like this could feel like bragging about all the good stuff that’s happened to us, so it feels a little awkward. But even so, so what! Presumably someone reads and follows this blog because they want to know what I’m thinking and what I’m doing, and this kind of post is a good way to keep them updated.)