Let us introduce another young colleague, a fellow psychologist. His name is Matúš Adamkovič, a young scientist focusing on current methodological approaches of behavioural research, seeking to support the movement for open science, who has been working at our institute since last October.
I have long been fascinated by the “patterns” of human behaviour, especially in terms of their complexity, degree of (ir)rationality and their (un)repeatability. I have always had the intuitive assumption that one can apply scientifically proven approaches and principles to human behaviour and ultimately help to improve the quality of life, even before I went to university. During my university studies I came to the conclusion that, although, while practicing psychology, it is important to pay attention to people, seeing the big picture and keeping distance were more important to me. Gradually, I became more and more interested in methodology and statistics. However, I have found that our findings are not necessarily entirely true.
Up to approx. 2014, I had no clue about the state of behavioural sciences. By attending international student congresses and conferences, I gained a more accurate idea of the state of psychology as a science. For me, too, one of the main questions became: “To what extent can we trust the results of psychological research?” After admission to postgraduate studies, thanks to my colleagues, I got even more involved in this issue, I felt like entering a new world. I am extremely grateful to them for that.
Currently, we know that the replicability of results in behavioural sciences is often below 50%. This greatly reduces the credibility of our knowledge. In order to improve the situation, in the recent years, our research practices – and paradigms – have been massively refactored. At first glance, it may seem that this affects only science itself, but in reality, it has considerable implications for real life.
I also try to contribute a little to this process. Primarily, I focus on research methodology and, in addition to trying to improve the practices in the standard procedures, I try to spread the word about areas that are practically absent in local research. These include the need to accumulate knowledge in meta-analyses; a paradigm-shift (not only) in psychopathology, using a network approach; or causality inference from observed data, which is often a taboo issue. Moreover, I do this in accordance with the principles of the transnational open science movement. I am very pleased that I can regularly spread this knowledge among my colleagues at the Institute.
And now, something more personal: I often go to the gym, I play football for fun (I used to perform as a freestyle footballer for a few years), I like metal music and fantasy literature.