After receiving my PhD in social psychology in 2010 I have worked at the Human-Technology Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology. My research focuses on how to design and interpret studies, applied (meta)-statistics, and reward structures in science, and in my empirical research I am interested in conceptual thought and meaning. I love to teach (and was elected as the best teacher of a BA course at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014, and received the 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal prize for Open Social Science as a Leader in Education), especially about research methods to young scholars (you can follow my first Coursera course here and my second Coursera course here). If you would like me to review for your journal, know that I prioritize review requests based on how much the articles adhere to Open Science principles. I offer free consulting (up to 2 hours a week) if your psychological research has the end-goal to improve animal welfare (email me to see if there is anything I can help with). It would be great if science could be a much more collaborative enterprise (see my TEDx talk on this topic here). Our lab is funded by a VIDI grant from NWO. We aim to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science. I'm a member of the TU/e Young Academy of Engineering.

You can access my CV here, Publons reviewer profile here, Google Scholar profile here, my pre-prints here, and my GitHub account here.

Statistics and Methodology

My blog on methods and statistics can be found here, and I regularly teach workshops on methods and statistics to scientists, science journalists (e.g., Persgroep, NOS), and at data science companies (e.g.,, Trivago). In the last few years I've developed an interest in ways to improve how we interpret and design studies. We can try a little harder to make science as open and robust as possible, and give the tax payer as much value for money as we can. I have written practical primers on effect sizes, sequential analysis, and equivalence tests, I'm considered indirectly useful by Nassim Taleb ;).

Empirical Research

I've examined how people can use concrete information (e.g., spatial distance, brightness differences) to structure their thoughts about more abstract things (e.g., valence, power, time), and how to improve the empirical and theoretical grounding of social embodiment. In other studies I have investigated how groups emerge from individuals through movement synchronization. Further interests include the meaning of colors, such as the relation between the valence and brightness of affective pictures, and conceptual similarity.

The red2 lab.

I supervise Anne Scheel and Peder Isager and Leonid Tiokhin started as a post-doc in 2019. With Elena Mas-Tur I co-supervise Andrea Kis.

Below is a picture taken at SIPS 2019 in Rotterdam with lab members and visitors, Chao Zhang, Emma Henderson, Leonid Tiokhin, Peder Isager, Farid Anvari, Jaroslav Gottfried, Tim van der Zee, Oliver Clark, Amy Orben, Noah van Dongen, Sarah Schiavone, Hanne Oberman, Nicholas Coles, Anne Scheel, Arianne-Herrera-Bennet, and Sophia Cruwell.


Dr. Daniël Lakens

Eindhoven University of Technology

ATLAS 9.402

Postbus 513, 5600 MB EINDHOVEN

Phone: 040-2474581