Vilas Research Professor and Sir Frederic Bartlett Professor of Psychology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Morton is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies human communication, including atypical communication and Internet-based communication. Morton has taught at the university level for over 35 years and is a strong advocate for active-learning and open-access higher education. She has begun incorporating principles of research integrity and transparency into her courses, including her undergraduate Research Methods course and “Psychological Effects of the Internet” course. A former journal editor, president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science, the Society for Text and Discourse, Chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs, and advisor to the NSF, NIH, and AAAS, Morton is optimistic that even old dogs can learn new tricks toward more transparent and open science.

Morton earned a B.S. in Spanish and English from the University of North Texas, a M.S. in Human Development from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

AS A TIER FELLOW... Morton presented several workshops on teaching integrity in empirical research, including at the International Congress of Applied Psychology; the Society for Improving Psychological Science; the Annual Cognitive Science Society; the Northern Lights Conference; and the National Institute for Teaching of Psychology. Her open-access, active-learning, undergraduate research methods course, which embodies TIER principles was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Resource by the American Psychological Association. At the 2019 American Psychological Association convention in August, Morton will be giving an invited address and presenting a workshop.

In addition, Morton published three articles promoting transparency in research:

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2018). Rewarding research transparency. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22, 953-956. [DOI] [Open Access]

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2018). Three ways to make replication mainstream. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e129. [DOI] [Open Access]

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2018). Writing empirical articles: Transparency, reproducibility, clarity, and memorability. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1, 403-414. [DOI] [Open Access]

An additional paper is in press:

Gernsbacher, M. A. (in press). Teaching toward transparency. In T. Ober, E. Che, J. Brodsky, & C. Raffaele (Eds.), How We Teach Now. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.