Committment to Open Science Statement 01.07.18

We acknowledge and welcome current open science initiatives in our field. Overall, we are convinced that they will increase the quality of research and help to (re-)establish public trust in science. Following extensive discussions, we as a group decided that all new studies (starting effectively from July 2018) by the group will by default adhere to important open science principles:

  • Hypothesis and Methods: The main research questions and hypotheses will be stated in advance, along with a research design and methods to pursue these questions and hypotheses. All new studies will be therefore required to preregister these aspects of their study on the Open Science Framework (OSF), prior to data collection. Of course, given that collection of MEG data is expensive, we highly encourage the pursuit also of exploratory analysis. But a clearer distinction of a priori hypothesis and posthoc research questions is important.
  • Sharing data and code: All raw data and code producing the main results of a publication will be made available upon acceptance of a manuscript. Practical note: Informed consent forms should include the field, asking permission of the participant to publically share the data in anonymized form

Agreeing to these policies will be an employment requirement for individuals applying to our group for PhD / Postdoc positions or internships.

 

We understand that there may be studies with particular sensitive data or where preregistration may be problematic (e.g. industry collaborations). These issues however should be discussed with sufficient time in advance.

Research at the Salzburg Brain Dynamics lab

A topical focus of the group is the question how (anticipatory) predictions are mediated by neural dynamics. We are particularly interested in characterizing in detail corticofugal processes, i.e. from cortex to cochlea. Translational and clinical implications are pursued by studying diverse hearing disordered groups, such as individuals with tinnitus or deafness.

 

Read more, if you are interested in the research by the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Group (PI: Nathan Weisz). 

 

Besides of this research, the accessible state-of-the-art infrastructure is increasingly attracting top emerging young scientists, that are bringing their own funding to establish their first steps towards careers as independent researchers. To find out more about the exciting research of these excellent young researchers we are hosting, follow the following links: