We don’t know what you did last summer. On the importance of transparent reporting of reaction time data pre-processing

Hannah Loenneker, Erin Michelle Buchanan, Ana Martinovici, Maximilian Primbs, Mahmoud Elsherif, Bradley James Baker, Leonie Dudda, Dušica Filipović Đurđević, Ksenija Mišić, Hannah Katharina Peetz, Jan Philipp Röer, Lars Schulze, Lisa Wagner, Julia Wolska, Corinna Kührt, Ekaterina Pronizius

Veröffentlichungen: Working PaperPreprint


In behavioural, cognitive, and social sciences, reaction time measures are an important source of information. However, analyses on reaction time data are affected by researchers’ analytical choices and the order in which these choices are applied. The results of a systematic literature review, presented in this paper, revealed that the justification for and order in which analytical choices are conducted are rarely reported, leading to difficulty in reproducing results and interpreting mixed findings. To address this methodological shortcoming, we created a checklist on reporting reaction time pre-processing to make these decisions more explicit, improve transparency, and thus promote best practices within the field. The importance of the pre-processing checklist was additionally supported by an expert consensus survey. Consequently, we appeal for maximal transparency on all methods applied and offer a checklist to improve replicability and reproducibility of studies that use reaction time measures.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022

ÖFOS 2012

  • 501006 Experimentalpsychologie