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4th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis



iScience research group at the Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, invites you to take part in our 4th Summer School on Internet-based Data Collection and Analysis September 13-16, 2021 @ University of Konstanz. Please apply here.

Instructors (bios see below): Michael Birnbaum * Ulf-Dietrich Reips * Yury Shevchenko


  • Basic and advanced concepts of Internet-based research
  • Experimental design 
  • Methods and best practices
  • Online tools & standards
  • Visualization
  • Apps for research
  • Theory and model testing
  • Mixed models
  • Analysis of Internet data
  • Avoiding frequently made errors
  • Practical applications
  • Social Media
  • Big Data
  • iScience
  • Mobile experience sampling
  • Open science



Take a look at the program of the previous 3rd Summer School in 2019.

The program for the 4th Summer School in 2021 is available here.


Summer School begins with Registration Monday 13th of September, 11:00

There will be an Early Arrival social gathering on Sunday evening. Please join our Facebook group for updates.

Cost: 180.- Euro (Early bird), 200.- from August 1, includes lunches and catering during the summer school (partial fee waiver for UNIKN Psychology students available)

3 ECTS for those who participate in and pass the optional exam

Social Programme in and around Lake Constance.

Apply until August 15 (for Early bird fee before August 1) by filling this form.

Payment of the fee (180.-/200.- Euro) needs to simultaneously go to:

Recipient: Universitaetskasse Konstanz

Bank: BW-Bank Konstanz

IBAN: DE92 6005 0101 7486 5012 74


Purpose (very important to include in bank transfer!): Summer School Data Collection


Michael Birnbaum received his PhD from UCLA in 1972. He taught at University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign from 1974-1986, where he was head of the Division of Quantitative and Industrial/Organizational Psychology and promoted to Full Professor in 1982. He came to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1986 on leave from University of Illinois and made the position at CSUF permanent in 1988. He is founder and served as director or co-director of the Decision Research Center at CSUF for more than 30 years.  He was named Outstanding Professor for CSUF in 1991-92 and won the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award in 2014.  He has published more than 140 scientific articles and three books.  He held grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Association to organize and provide advanced training institutes in Web-based research. He served as president of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, 2002-2003, president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, 2008-2009, and president of the Society for Computers in Psychology, 2009-2010.

Ulf-Dietrich Reips is a Full Professor at the University of Konstanz. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Tübingen. His research focuses on Internet-based research methodologies, the psychology of the Internet, measurement, experimental psychology, cognition of causality, personality, privacy, Social Media, mobile experience sampling, and Big Data methods. In 1994, he founded the Web Experimental Psychology Lab, the first laboratory for conducting real experiments on the World Wide Web. Ulf was a founder of the German Society for Online Research, was elected the first non-North American president of the Society for Computers in Psychology and he is the founding editor of the free open access journal International Journal of Internet Science ( He has published more than 165 scientific articles and six books, see and Ulf and his team ( develop and provide free Web tools for researchers, teachers, students, and the public. They received numerous awards for their Web applications (available from the iScience Server at ( and methodological work serving the research community.

Yury Shevchenko is a post-doc in the iScience group at the University of Konstanz. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Diploma in Psychology. After a research internship in Basel, Switzerland, he did his PhD at the Chair of Experimental Psychology at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and also worked as a research associate at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. His interests lie in the intersection of psychology and computer science with a focus on methods and programming. He has developed Open Lab, a web platform for conducting online experiments, and Samply, a mobile application and a web platform for experience-sampling studies.

iScience continues proven methods video format on YouTube

iScience continues the proven format from the last winter semester 2020/2021 and offers video clips from the methods courses accessible to everybody on YouTube also in this summer semester 2021. According to surveys, the German-language video format was very positively received last semester and will therefore be gladly continued.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel free of charge:

#Teap2021 panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips on 16th March 2021

The iScience team is happy to have group head Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips as panel discussant at the TeaP 2021 (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen; Conference of Experimental Psychologists), an event by the University of Ulm:



National Science Foundation (DFG) awards grant to Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips

National Science Foundation (DFG) awards grant to Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips: A new three-year collaborative project on “Replicability of Fundamental Results on Spatial-Numerical Associations in Highly Powered Online Experiments (e-SNARC)” was awarded for a collaboration between Prof. Dr. Nuerck (University of Tübingen), Dr. Krzysztof Cipora (Loughborough University, UK) and iScience group.

Project summary: Spatial-Numerical Associations (SNAs) play a fundamental role for how humans represent numbers, and how they learn and use mathematics. Among SNAs, the Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes (SNARC, i.e., faster responses to small / large magnitude numbers with left / right hand respectively) effect is the hallmark, most thoroughly investigated effect. Nevertheless, despite almost three decades of research, many pivotal questions still remain unresolved. This may be partly due to the fact that several early SNARC results were obtained in small N (and probably underpowered) experiments. Because this limitation holds even for theoretically important and popular foundations of the SNARC effect, our understanding of SNAs considerably lacks in solidity of evidence and makes our common ground for further research shaky. For the presently granted project, we identify 3 fundamental questions about the SNAs and the SNARC effect, which we plan to address in highly powered large-scale online experiments: (1) automaticity – i.e., how much active semantic processing of the numerical stimuli is needed to evoke the spatial association, (2) task (in- )dependence – i.e., whether and how SNAs differ depending on the specific task we use to measure them, and (3) context (in-)dependence – i.e., whether spatial associations depend only on relative or also on absolute numerical magnitudes. For future empirical and theoretical developments it is essential to clarify these fundamental properties of the SNARC effect and provide high-quality empirical evidence, whether and under which circumstances these properties exist or not, and how large and reliable they are.