Dynamic Data Visualisation for Psychology

This site provides an overview of work concerning the development and deployment of dynamic data visualisations for psychology and behavioural science more generally.

Previously, knowledge of HTML, CSS, or Java was essential, but it is now possible to develop interactive visualisations using a simple web application framework that runs under the R statistical platform: Shiny.

Shiny can help researchers quickly produce interactive data visualisations that will supplement and support current and future publications. This has clear benefits for researchers, the wider academic community, students, practitioners, and interested members of the public.


Ellis, D. A. and Merdian, H. L. (2018). The visualisation of data in a digital context. In Costa C. and Condie J. (Eds.) Doing research in and on the digital: Research methods across fields of enquiry. London: Routledge

Ellis, D. A. and Merdian, H. L. (2015). Thinking outside the box: Developing dynamic data visualizations for psychology with Shiny. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1782. LINK

Examples and Tutorials

Tutorial materials and example code can be accessed from the links above.