Priority Programme META-REP

A meta-scientific program to analyze and optimize replicability in the behavioral, social, and cognitive sciences (SPP 2317)


Aims and Scope of the Programme

The behavioral, social, and cognitive sciences are in the midst of an intensive debate about the replicability of their empirical findings. Shaken by the results of many replication projects that have been conducted in recent years, scholars have begun discussing what replicability actually means and when a replication can be regarded as successful vs. failed, whether low replication rates are caused by too many false positive findings in the literature, methodological weaknesses in the replication studies, measurement issues, and/or the underappreciated influence of contextual effects, and what can be done to effectively and sustainably secure a high level of replicability in the behavioral, social, and cognitive sciences.

The Priority Programme "META-REP" aims to contribute significantly to this debate by

  • describing and defining "replication" (including "successful" vs. "failed" replications) across different scientific disciplines (the "what" question),
  • explaining why replication rates vary across and within different disciplines (the "why" question), and
  • evaluating measures that have been proposed and implemented to increase replication rates (the "how" question).

Find more information & examples in the call for submissions here. The Priority Programme META-REP partners with the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) which will develop and operate a collaborative groupware environment uniquely supporting distributed research initiatives (e.g., "ManyLabs"), adversarial collaborations, cumulative theory-building, and data sharing/data pooling.

Collaboration between individual projects will also be fostered through joint academic activities. All activities will be designed to ensure equality and compatibility with family life. Additionally, the Priority Programne will particularly support young investigators through a set of measures (e.g. start-up stipends, funding for external mentorship).

Program committee

  • Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
    Status: Full Professor; Research Area: Social Psychology
  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
    Status: Full Professor; Research Area: Sociology/Methodology
  • Dr. Susann Fiedler, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
    Status: Research Group Leader; Research Area: Judgment and Decision Making; Behavioral Economics
  • Dr. Tina B. Lonsdorf, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg
    Status: Emmy-Noether Independent Junior Research Group Leader; Research Area: Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience; Differential and Biological Psychology
  • Prof. Dr. Felix Schönbrodt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
    Status: Lecturer/tenured; Research Area: Methodology/Personality Psychology


Advisory council & infrastructure partner