Michael Larson


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Presenter Bio:
Michael Larson, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and the Neuroscience Center at Brigham Young University and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychophysiology. His research focuses on cognitive control component processes and cognitive control dysfunction. A large focus of his research and editorial duties focuses on improving the rigor and replication of psychophysiology research, including guest editing a special issue of the International Journal of Psychophysiology on this topic and implementing registered reports as a method of publication in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. Dr. Larson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and trained many PhD and thesis students. Clinically, Dr. Larson runs a neuropsychology service and training clinic that focuses on the after-effects of traumatic brain injury and neurologic and psychiatric illness.

Course Description:
Scientific results, including those from psychology, neuroscience, and across areas of psychophysiology and biofeedback, are facing considerable scrutiny due to a high number of false positive findings and meager replication rates. There are a number of factors contributing to poor replication; yet, incentives for improved research remain behind the need for enhancement. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback research are not immune to questions regarding rigor and replication. I provide evidence for the difficulties currently experienced in scientific research, including applied psychophysiology. I then provide a series of examples and opportunities for improvement, including increasing sample sizes through collaboration, decreasing researcher flexibility, increasing measurement precision, strengthening reporting standards, and shifting incentive structures. I end with a discussion of registered reports and pre-registration and how these can be used to strengthen applied psychophysiology research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
  • Identify the key features of the current replication difficulties and how these difficulties are seen in applied psychophysiology.
  • Explain ways for improving the rigor and replication of psychophysiology research.
  • Compare pre-registration and registered reports as ways to reduce researcher flexibility and “p-hacking” in order to improve applied psychophysiology research credibility.

Level: Intermediate

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in methods to enhance or improve the effectiveness of substance abuse detoxification programs. Anyone interested in neuromodulation.

CE Credits: 1 credit

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1 hour.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.

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