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TIER Fellow, 2018

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 will evaluate the benefits of instruction on research transparency and integrity in undergraduate research methods courses. She is particularly interested in evaluating the benefits of instruction on research transparency and integrity in high-enrollment research methods courses that are geared more toward improving skills for research consumers than producers. Morton will also try to infuse greater transparency and reproducibility into the field of developmental disabilities. As with many applied areas, the uptake of state-of-the-art methodology has been low, but the stakes remain high.