Psychology lecturer creates new article format for exploratory research

Cognitive neuroscientist Rob McIntosh establishes new article format in the international journal Cortex

Senior Lecturer in Psychology Robert McIntosh has introduced a new article format that promotes the inclusion of exploratory work in the publication Cortex.

Robert McIntosh 

Robert established the Visuomotor Lab here at the School of PPLS, which studies human movement with a focus on visually-guided action.

Visuomotor Lab

Rewarding curiosity

According to Robert, the scientific publishing community sometimes put pressure on authors to present work as though it confirms a particular prediction, when really the research is about exploring the data with no clear prediction on what the results will be.

This is important because whether research is trying to confirm a clear prediction, or explore the data more generally, can affect what sorts of statistics psychologists use to analyse and interpret their results.

With this new article format, Robert wants to promote curiosity and empower authors to explore their data, showing their workings as openly as possible.

Exploratory work is vital to the formation of ideas

Robert McIntoshSenior Lecturer in Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of PPLS

Nature Index article – New research format rewards curiosity