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Meta-Analysis: Know-how and beyond

Learn how to formulate a problem and analyze it conducting a meta-analysis in JASP.

The course is taught in the form of interactive seminars in which students will complete four individual assignments, one each day. After the submission of each assignment, students will receive feedback.

Go to 'Additional Course Information' at the bottom of the page for Course Readings and highly recommended Additional Sources.

Topics that will be discussed:

  • The two types of systematic reviews.
  • Open science and meta-analysis: multisite replications.
  • The pros and cons of meta-analysis.
  • Publication bias and the quality of publications.
  • Effect size and how to calculate it.
  • Literature search, exclusion, inclusion, and coding.
  • Heterogeneity and its consequences.
  • Available software, including JASP.
  • The fixed- and random-effects model.
  • Estimating overall effect size.
  • Analysis of moderators.

Additionally, students will become familiar with examples of published research to learn more about how to analyse them.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Formulate a research question to conduct a meta-analysis.
  • Carry out an extensive literature search.
  • Systematically review relevant literature.
  • Code studies fitting inclusion criteria. 
  • Meta-analyze the coded effects using JASP software.  
  • Interpret and report the meta-analytic results.  
  • Apply PRISMA standards in a report. 

Dr. Jacek Buczny

Dr. Jacek Buczny

Dr. Jacek Buczny is an associate editor of Personality and Individual Differences, section Psychometrics and Methods and an assistant professor in the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology, VU Amsterdam. At University at Albany, USA, he received a post-doctoral training. He has extensive expertise in teaching and applying in his research many paradigms and designs. He conducts research in order to understand the relationships between self-regulatory processes and behavior in healthy and psychopathological samples. He has published in Social Psychology and Personality Science, Personality and Individual Differences, Motivation and Emotion, Frontiers in Psychology, and Oxford University Press. He taught PhD courses on mediation and moderation analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and meta-analysis.

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Winter course coordinator Jacek Buczny

Additional Course Information

  • Course readings

    Course readings

    • Borenstein, M., Hedges, L. V., Higgins, J. P. T., & Rothstein, H. R. (2009). Introduction to meta-analysis. New York: Wiley.  
    • Liberati, A., Altman, D. G., Tetzlaff, J., Mulrow, C., G√łtzsche, P. C., Ioannidis, J. P. A., et al. (2009). The PRISMA statement for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that evaluate health care interventions: Explanation and elaboration. PLOS Medicine, 6, e1000100. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000100  

    Additional sources

    We strongly recommend that you take a look at the following additional sources:

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