Everything Hertz

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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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92: Chaos in the brickyard

September 16th, 2019


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


We chat with Kristin Sainani (Stanford University) about a popular statistical method in sports medicine research (magnitude based inference), which …

90: Mo data mo problems

August 19th, 2019


Dan and James discuss two 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


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

Links and other stuff we cover...

88: The pomodoro episode

July 15th, 2019


Dan and James apply the pomodoro principle by tackling four topics within a strict ten-minute time limit each: James' new error detection tool, …

87: Improving the scientific poster (with Mike Morrison)

July 1st, 2019


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 …

86: Should I stay or should I go?

June 17th, 2019


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 …

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

June 3rd, 2019


We chat with Kevin Mitchell (Trinity College Dublin) about what the field of psychology can learn from genetics research, how our research theories …

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

May 21st, 2019


We chat with Amy Orben, who applies "multiverse" methodology to combat and expose analytical flexibility in her research area of the impact of …

83: Back to our dirty unwashed roots

May 8th, 2019


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 …

82: More janitors and fewer architects

April 15th, 2019


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

Links and things we …

81: Too Young To Know, Too Old To Care

April 1st, 2019


We answer our first audio question, on whether academia is too broken to fix, and a second question on whether we’ve ever worried about the possible repercussions of our public critiques and commentary on academia.

80: Cites are not endorsements (with Sean Rife)

March 17th, 2019


We chat with Sean Rife, who the co-founder of scite.ai, a start-up that combines natural language processing with a network of experts to evaluate the veracity of scientific work.

Here's what we cover and links for a …

79: Clinical trial reporting (with Henry Drysdale)

March 3rd, 2019


We chat with Henry Drysdale (University of Oxford), co-founder of the COMPare trials project, which compared clinical trial registrations with reported outcomes in five top medical journals and qualitatively analysed …

78: Large-scale collaborative science (with Lisa DeBruine)

February 17th, 2019


In this episde, we chat with Lisa DeBruine (University of Glasgow) about her experience with large-scale collaborative science and how her psychology …

77: Promiscuous expertise

February 4th, 2019


Dan and James discuss how to deal with the problem of scientists who start talking about topics outside their area of expertise. They also discuss …

76: Open peer review

January 21st, 2019


Peer review is typically conducted behind closed doors. There's been a recent push to make open peer review standard, but what's often left out of these conversations are the potential downsides. To illustrate this, Dan …

75: Overlay journals (with Daniele Marinazzo)

January 7th, 2019


We’re joined by Daniele Marinazzo (University of Ghent) to chat about the recently launched overlay journal Neurons, Behavior, Data analysis and Theory (NBDT), for which he on the Editorial Board.

An overlay journal …

74: Seeing double (with Elisabeth Bik)

December 19th, 2018


In this episode, Dan and James chat with microbiologist Elisabeth Bik about about the detection of problematic images in scientific papers, the state …

73: Update your damn syllabus

December 3rd, 2018


Dan and James discuss what's missing from biobehavioral science course syllabi.

Here's the episode lowdown:

  • A thank you to our new Patron …

72: Anonymity in scientific publishing

November 16th, 2018


Dan and James discuss a new journal of "controversial ideas" that will allow authors to publish articles anonymously. They also launch their Patreon page, in which listeners can support the show and get bonus features.

71: Moving for your job

November 5th, 2018


In this episode, we chat about whether it’s necessary to move for an academic job to demonstrate “independence”.

Here's a rundown of the other …

70: Doubling-blinding dog balls

October 15th, 2018


Dan and James discuss the recent "grievance studies" hoax, whereby three people spent a year writing twenty-one fake manuscripts for submission to …

69: Open science tools (with Brian Nosek)

October 9th, 2018


We’re joined by Brian Nosek (Centre for Open Science and University of Virginia) to chat about building technology to make open science easier to …

68: Friends don’t let friends believe in impact factors (with Nathan Hall)

September 3rd, 2018


This episode includes part two of a chat with Nathan Hall (McGill University), who is the person behind the ’Shit academics say’ account (@AcademicsSay), which pokes fun of all the weird stuff that academics say. Before …

67: Shit Academics Say (with Nathan Hall)

August 20th, 2018


We’re joined by Nathan Hall (McGill University) to chat about the role of humour in academia. Nathan is the person behind the ’Shit academics say’ …

66: Ideal worlds vs grim truths

August 6th, 2018


Dan and James answer listener questions on tips for starting your PhD and the role of statistics in exploratory research.

Other stuff they cover:

65: Blockchain and open science (with Jon Brock)

July 16th, 2018


Dan and James chat with Jon Brock (Cognitive scientist at Frankl) about the use of blockchain technology for open science.

Here's what they cover:

64: Salami slicing

July 2nd, 2018


Dan and James talk about the recent SIPS conference answer a listener question on "salami slicing" the outcomes from one study into multiple papers.

63: Science journalism (with Brian Resnick)

June 18th, 2018


Dan and James chat about science journalism with Brian Resnick (@b_resnick), who is a science reporter at Vox.com.

Here’s what they cover:

Should …

62: Adopting open science practices (with Dorothy Bishop)

June 4th, 2018


Dan and James chat about the adoption of open science practices with Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of …

61: Performance enhancing thugs (with Greg Nuckols)

May 21st, 2018


Dan and James chat with Greg Nuckols, who is grad student in exercise physiology, strength coach, and writer at strongerbyscience.com

What they …

60: This is more of a comment than a question

May 8th, 2018


Dan and James answer listener questions on academic conferences, getting abreast of the literature, and conflicts of interest.

Here are more details …

59: Rethinking the scientific journal (with Rickard Carlsson)

April 16th, 2018


Despite cosmetic changes, scientific journals haven't changed that much over the past few decades. So what if we were to completely rethink how a …

58: Lessons from podcasting (with Simine Vazire)

April 2nd, 2018


Dan and James are joined by Simine Vazire (University of California, Davis and co-host of the Black Goat podcast) to chat about the role of …

57: Radical Transparency (with Rebecca Willén)

March 15th, 2018


Dan and James are joined by Rebecca Willén (Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education) to discuss transparency in scientific research and how she started her own independent research institute in …

56: Registered reports (with Chris Chambers)

February 2nd, 2018


Dan and James are joined by Chris Chambers (Cardiff University) to discuss the Registered Reports format.

Here’s an overview of what they covered:

55: The proposal to redefine clinical trials

January 18th, 2018


In this episode, Dan and James discuss the US National Institutes of Health's new definition of a “clinical trial”, which comes into effect on the 25th of January.

Here’s the new definition: “A research study in …

54: Cuckoo Science

December 15th, 2017


In this episode, James sits in the guest chair as Dan interviews him on his recent work find and exposing inconsistent results in the scientific …

53: Skin in the game

November 17th, 2017


Dan and James discuss whether you need to have “skin in the game” to critique research.

Here's what else they cover in the episode:

  • Should …

52: Give p's a chance (with Daniel Lakens)

October 20th, 2017


In this episode, Dan and James welcome back Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology) to discuss his new paper on justifying your alpha …

51: Preprints (with Jessica Polka)

October 6th, 2017


In this episode, Dan and James are joined by Jessica Polka, Director of ASAPbio, to chat about preprints.


  • What is ASAPbio?
  • Differences …

50: Special 50th episode (LIVE)

September 14th, 2017


Dan and James celebrate their 50th episode with a live recording! They cover a blog post that argues grad students shouldn’t be publishing, what’s …

49: War and p's

July 31st, 2017


In this episode Dan and James discuss a forthcoming paper that's causing a bit of a stir by proposing that biobehavioral scientists should use a …

48: Breaking up with the impact factor (with Jason Hoyt)

July 21st, 2017


Dan and James are joined by Jason Hoyt, who is the CEO and co-founder of PeerJ, an open access journal for the biological and medical sciences.

47: Truth bombs from a methodological freedom fighter (with Anne Scheel)

July 7th, 2017


In this episode, Dan and James are joined by Anne Scheel (LMU Munich) to discuss open science advocacy.


  • How Anne became an open …

46: Statistical literacy (with Andy Field)

June 23rd, 2017


In this episode, Dan and James are joined by Andy Field (University of Sussex), author of the “Discovering Statistics” textbook series, to chat about …

45: Conferences and conspiracy theories

June 2nd, 2017


It’s conference season so in this episode Dan and James discuss the ins and outs of scientific conferences.

Here’s what they cover:

  • Research …

44: Who’s afraid of the New Bad People? (with Nick Brown)

May 19th, 2017


James and Dan are joined by Nick Brown (University of Groningen) to discuss how the New Bad People — also known as shameless little bullies, …

43: Death, taxes, and publication bias in meta-analysis (with Daniel Lakens)

May 5th, 2017


Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology) joins James and Dan to talk meta-analysis.

Here’s what they cover:

  • Daniel’s opinion on the …

42: Some of my best friends are Bayesians (with Daniel Lakens)

April 21st, 2017


Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology) drops in to talk statistical inference with James and Dan.

Here’s what they cover:

  • How did …

41: Objecting to published research (with William Gunn)

April 7th, 2017


In this episode, Dan and James are joined by William Gunn (Director of Scholarly communications at Elsevier) to discuss ways in which you can object …

40: Meta-research (with Michèle Nuijten)

March 24th, 2017


Dan and James are joined by Michèle Nuijten (Tilburg University) to discuss 'statcheck', an algorithm that automatically scans papers for statistical tests, recomputes p-values, and flags inconsistencies.

They also …

39: Academic hipsters

March 10th, 2017


We all know hipsters. You know, like the guy that rides his Penny-farthing to the local cafe to write his memoirs on a typewriter - just because its more ‘authentic’. In this episode, James and Dan discuss academic …

38: Work/life balance - Part 2

February 24th, 2017


Dan and James continue their discussion on work/life balance in academia. They also suggest ways to get your work done within a sane amount of hours …

37: Work/life balance in academia

February 17th, 2017


In this episode, we talk work/life balance for early career researchers. Do you need to work a 70-hour week to be a successful scientist or can you …

36: Statistical inconsistencies in published research

January 27th, 2017


In episode 34 we covered a blog post that highlighted questionable analytical approaches in psychology. That post mentioned four studies that …

35: A manifesto for reproducible science

January 20th, 2017


Dan and James discuss a new paper in the inaugural issue of Nature Human Behaviour, "A manifesto for reproducible science".

Some of the topics …

34: E-health (with Robin Kok)

December 22nd, 2016


Dan and James have their very first guest! For this episode they're joined by Robin Kok (University of Southern Denmark) to talk e-health. They also cover a recent blog post that inadvertently highlighted questionable …

33: Zombie theories

December 16th, 2016


Dan and James discuss Zombie theories, which are scientific ideas that continue to live on in the absence of evidence. Why do these ideas persist and …

32: Can worrying about getting sick make you sicker?

December 1st, 2016


Dan and James discuss a new population study that linked health anxiety data with future heart disease.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Web MD and …

31: Discover your psychiatric risk with this one weird trick

November 16th, 2016


Dan and James discuss a recent study of over one million Swedish men that found that higher resting heart rate late adolescence was associated with …

30: Authorship

November 2nd, 2016


Dan and James discuss authorship in the biomedical sciences

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29: Learning new skills

October 16th, 2016


Dan and James talk about how they learn new things.

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Internet memes
  • Consolidating old ideas rather than learning new …

28: Positive developments in biomedical science

September 30th, 2016


Pre-registration, p-hacking, power, protocols. All these concepts are pretty mainstream in 2016 but hardly discussed 5 years ago. In this episode, …

27: Complaints and grievances

September 23rd, 2016


Dan and James discuss complaints and grievances. Stay tuned for part 2 where things get positive.

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Conflicts of …

26: Interpreting effect sizes

September 9th, 2016


When interpreting the magnitude of group differences using effect sizes, researchers often rely on Cohen's guidelines for small, medium, and large effects. However, Cohen originally proposed these guidelines as a fall …

25: Misunderstanding p-values

August 27th, 2016


P-values are universal, but do we really know what they mean? In this episode, Dan and James discuss a recent paper describing the failure to …

24: Incentive structures in science

August 17th, 2016


Science funding has a series of built in incentive structures, but what sort of science does this produce?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Feedback …

23: Serious academics

August 11th, 2016


Can you be a "serious academic" while still posting photos on Instagram? In this episode, James and Dan discuss a recent article bemoaning the infiltration of the "selfie epidemic" into academia.

Some of the topics …

22: Pokemon and public health

August 3rd, 2016


Pokemon Go is sweeping the world and getting people walking again! But is the Pokemon Go 'model' a golden opportunity to tackle obesity or just …

21: This is your brain on steroids

July 22nd, 2016


It's well established that steroid use is associated with many adverse healthy outcomes, but what does it actually do to your brain?

Dan and James discuss an interesting new paper that compared brain structure in …

20: Sample sizes in psychology studies

July 13th, 2016


Can psychologists learn more by studying fewer people?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Brexit and science
  • Can the UK take the 'Norway' option?

19: Let us spray: oxytocin and spirituality

July 6th, 2016


Dan and James discuss a recent paper on intranasal oxytocin and spirituality

Some of the topics discussed:

  • A summary of a recent paper on …

18: Data sharing

June 29th, 2016


Withholding data: bad science or scientific misconduct?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Dan raises privacy issues surrounding sharing data
  • What are …

17: Journals: Do we need them?

June 22nd, 2016


Do we really need scientific journals?

Some of the topics discussed:

  • James trolling predatory journals with jibberish papers on the 'DONG' effect

16: What makes a good psych study?

June 15th, 2016


What are the defining characteristics of a good psychology study? We received this excellent question from a listener and decided to do a whole …

15: Software and coding

June 8th, 2016


Dan and James discuss software and coding, including the tools they use

Links (lots this week)

Introduction to Python course -

14: Science communication

June 2nd, 2016


Dan and James discuss public engagement, science communication, and the internet outrage machine.


James' GRIM pre-print

13: Academic horror stories

May 26th, 2016


Dan and James discuss a few academic horror stories sent in by their listeners.


The Gawker story on leaving academia


12: Reporting heart rate variability studies

May 21st, 2016


Heart rate variability is becoming incredibly popular in the biobehavioral sciences yet there's no standard for how this research is reported. In …

11: The placebo effect

May 10th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan discuss issues surrounding the placebo effect.


Facebook page


Twitter account


Dan's other …

10: Failure

May 4th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan talk about failure. What's the benefit of openly sharing your failures - is this an antidote to the imposter syndrome or something only the privileged few can afford to do?

Support …

9: What happens if your research is wrong?

April 28th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan discuss what happens if your research is wrong. They talk about the recent controversy surrounding tDCS, why many …

8: The PhD to Postdoc transition

April 20th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan discuss how to navigate the PhD to Postdoc transition. They provide advice to a hypothetical first-year graduate student and discuss the realities of the postdoc job market.


Episode 7: 7: The writing process

April 15th, 2016


How do you write a lot and do it well? In this episode, James and Dan discuss the writing process and the tools they use to get things done.


6: The research pipeline - getting from idea to publication

April 7th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan talk about getting from research idea to publication. They discuss the ethical approval process, getting research published, and share tips for running experiments. They also cover some of …

5: Do you even replicate?

March 30th, 2016


In this episode, James and Dan talk about replication in science, self-control, and the file-drawer problem in oxytocin research.


Facebook …

4: Meta-analysis or mega-silliness?

March 22nd, 2016


Meta-analysis has become an increasingly popular tool used by many scientists to synthesise data. However, it's not without its detractors — from H. …

3: Scientific publishing

March 16th, 2016


Dan and James talk about Scihub and open access publishing.

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2: Nutrition and Psychiatry

March 9th, 2016


Dan and James talk about nutrition and psychiatry. They also introduce themselves (you know, because that's what you do for your second episode) and explain the origin of their podcast name.

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1: So you want to measure heart rate variability...

March 2nd, 2016


Dan and James discuss what to do if you want to collect heart rate variability (HRV) data, oxytocin parties (yes, they're a thing), and the peer …

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