Image from Face Research Lab's 'London Set'. DeBruine, Lisa; Jones, Benedict (2017): Face Research Lab London Set. figshare. Dataset.

A-Z Directory of Face Stimulus Image Databases

An A-Z directory of databases containing face stimulus sets available for use in behavioral studies.

ReproducibiliTea Princeton

ReproducibiliTea is a journal club for all things related to research transparency, openess, and reproducibility that started at Oxford and now has clubs around the world.

Collaborator: Robin Gomila, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

Contribution: Co-facilitator

Partners: Betsy Levy Paluck, Princeton University Library, Princeton Department of Psychology

Twitter: Princeton_Tea


DDSSI Grant for the creation of a database of prejudice reduction literature

Princeton Data-Driven Social Science initiative Grant for $17,000 has been awarded to Meghan Testerman and Betsy Levy Paluck for the creation of a searchable database of prejudice reduction literature. 2020-2021

Based on the following meta-analysis:

Paluck, E. L., Porat, R., Clark, C. S., & Green, D. P. (2021). Prejudice reduction: Progress and challenges. Annual Review of Psychology, 72(1), 533-560. doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-071620-030619


Betsy Levy Paluck, Princeton University

Donald P. Green, Columbia University

Chelsey Clark, Princeton University

Roni Porat, Hebrew University

Books & Brains: An exploration of early psychology and neuroanatomy texts

Books & Brains was an interactive event and digital exhibit curated by myself and Emma Sarconi, Reference Professional for Special Collections. The event featured items from Princeton University Library's Special Collections, Rare Books, and the Peter B. Lewis Library's limited access collection.

Collaborators: Emma Sarconi

Contribution: Co-curator, co-author

Press Release

Title List

Speaker Notes


Baby Lab comes to the Cotsen Children's Library and Special Collections

"Nearly 20 Princeton University graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and staff from the Princeton Baby Lab visited Cotsen Children’s Library and Special Collections to learn more about Princeton University Library's educational programming for children and special collections in children's literature. The Baby Lab, a University research group led by the Department of Psychology, studies the early learning and development of children, inviting volunteer families and children to campus to examine how the children learn and how that learning ultimately supports the child's development."

Press release


Andrea Immel, Curator, Cotsen Children's Library

Casey-Lew Williams, Professor of Psychology

Embedded Librarianship: Princeton Open Ventilator Monitor Collaboration [Pre-print]

PREPRINT: Inexpensive multi-patient respiratory monitoring system for helmet ventilation during COVID-19 pandemic

Princeton Open Ventilation Monitor Collaboration, Philippe Bourrianne, Stanley Chidzik, Daniel J Cohen, Peter Elmer, Thomas Hallowell, Todd J Kilbaugh, David Lange, Andrew M Leifer, Daniel R. Marlow, Peter D. Meyers, Edna Normand, Janine Nunes, Myungchul Oh, Lyman Page, Talmo Pereira, Jim Pivarski, Henry Schreiner, Howard A Stone, David W Tank, Stephan Thiberge, Christopher Tully

medRxiv 2020.06.29.20141283; doi:

[In progress] Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Systematic Reviews

Comparison of BERT models (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) used to screen literature for meta-analysis in the field of neuroscience.

Contribution: Co-author

Collaborators: Henk-Jan Boele, Peter Boele, Samuel Wang

[In progress] Racial bias in judicial sentencing: a meta-analysis

Contribution: Co-author

Collaborators: Joseph Avery, Jihyun Lee, Joel Cooper

[In progress] Princeton Brain Development Project + Meta-analysis

"The Princeton Brain Development project aims to model the number of brain connections during our life. Connections between brain cells are called synapses. Babies produce thousands of synapses per second. This leads to a peak in synapse density early in childhood. After this peak, the unused synapses are slowly eliminated again, which leads to a slow decline in synapse density that reaches a stable plateau during adulthood. Understanding the shape of this curve is important to understand diseases like autism and schizophrenia. The Princeton Brain Development project collects data from original research papers. We do not limit ourselves to data obtained from human brains, since most pre-clinical work is done in non-human species."


Henk-Jan Boele, M.D., Ph.D., Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Samuel Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and Princeton Neuroscience Institute



[Preprint] Attrition Rate in Infant fNIRS Research: A Meta-Analysis


Preprint: Baek, S., Marques, S., Casey, K., Testerman, M., McGill, F., & Emberson, L. (2021). Attrition Rate in Infant fNIRS Research: A Meta-Analysis. In bioRxiv (p. 2021.06.15.448526).

Abstract: Understanding the trends and predictors of attrition rate, or the proportion of collected data that is excluded from the final analyses, is important for accurate research planning, assessing data integrity, and ensuring generalizability. In this pre-registered meta-analysis, we reviewed 182 publications in infant (0-24 months) functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) research published from 1998 to April 9, 2020 and investigated the trends and predictors of attrition. The average attrition rate was 34.23% among 272 experiments across all 182 publications. Among a subset of 136 experiments which reported the specific reasons of subject exclusion, 21.50% of the attrition were infant-driven while 14.21% were signal-driven. Subject characteristics (e.g., age) and study design (e.g., fNIRS cap configuration, block/trial design, and stimulus type) predicted the total and subject-driven attrition rates, suggesting that modifying the recruitment pool or the study design can meaningfully reduce the attrition rate in infant fNIRS research. Based on the findings, we established guidelines on reporting the attrition rate for scientific transparency and made recommendations to minimize the attrition rates. We also launched an attrition rate calculator (LINK) to aid with research planning. This research can facilitate developmental cognitive neuroscientists in their quest toward increasingly rigorous and representative research.

[Preprint] NIRO: Non-interventional, Reproducible, and Open Systematic Reviews

A large, open collaborative project to create guidelines for non-interventional systematic reviews.

Tool v0.1


Topor, M., Pickering, J. S., Barbosa Mendes, A., Bishop, D. V. M., Büttner, F. C., Henderson, E. L., … Westwood, S. J. (2020, December 14). An integrative framework for planning and conducting Non-Interventional, Reproducible, and Open Systematic Reviews (NIRO-SR).


Co-author: NIRO Tool

Co-author: Search strategy supplementary publication


Web app: NIRO


Example protocols:

Lam, A. (2020, August 26). Folk conceptions of free will: A narrative systematic review of psychological research.

Dismantling Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: a journal club

An 8-week journal club open to all Princeton University Library staff based on the bibliography ‘Disrupting and Dismantling Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship’ by Karla Strand, University of Wisconsin.

Contribution: Organizer and facilitator

Group norms

In this space, we...

  • Seek to critically examine the historical legacy, structural mechanisms, organizational culture, and current realities of racism in our institution and profession.

  • Seek to learn the language to articulate inequality, exclusion, and injustice in our institution and profession.

  • Seek to turn that language into advocacy, and advocacy into action.

  • Seek equity and justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

Schedule of Readings -- Summer 2020

June 17: Academic Libraries

Brook, F., Ellenwood, D., & Lazzaro, A.E. (2015). In pursuit of antiracist social justice: Denaturalizing whiteness in the academic library. Library Trends, 64(2). Retrieved from

June 24, 2-3 pm WEBINAR: Dismantling Institutional Racism in your Library: From Theory to Practice

July 1: Librarians of Color

VanScoy, A. & Bright, K. (2019, October). Articulating the Experience of Uniqueness and Difference for Librarians of Color. The Library Quarterly, 89(4), 285-297. Retrieved from

July 8: Collection Development

Bowers, J., Crowe, K., & Keeran, P. (2017). “If you want the history of a white man, you go to the library”: Critiquing our legacy, addressing our library collection gaps. Collection Management, 42(3-4), 159-179. Retrieved from

July 15: Instruction and Teaching

Pashia, A. (2017). Examining structural oppression as a component of information literacy: A call for librarians to support #BlackLivesMatter through our teaching. Journal of Information Literacy, 11(2), 86-104. Retrieved from

July 22: COVID, Protest, LIS

Gibson, A. N., Chancellor, R., Cooke, N. A., Dahlen, S. P., Patin, B., & Shorish, Y. (2020). Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, Protest, and the LIS Response. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

July 29: BIPOC Librarians

Kendrick, K. (2018, March 19). Running The Gauntlet: Lives of Practicing Minority Academic Librarians. The Ink On The Page. Retrieved from

August 5: Recruitment, Staffing, Hiring

Vinopal, J. (2016). The quest for diversity in library staffing: From awareness to action. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from

August 12: Discrimination

Tonin, M. (2018). Do librarians discriminate? Library Journal. Retrieved from

[In progress] How diverse are Princeton's psychology syllabi? A citation analysis

Citations from Spring and Fall 2020 syllabi will be examined for diverse authorship in order to establish a baseline for efforts to provide more inclusive, diverse, and reflective literature in psychology classes.

Contribution: Project lead, co-author

Collaborators: Daina Tamir (Assistant Professor of Psychology) and the Department of Psychology Climate and Inclusion Committee

Change the Subject' Screening + Panel Discussion

Princeton University Library presented two screenings of the documentary, “Change the Subject" for library staff. The film shares the story of a resilient group of Dartmouth students who are committed to promoting the rights of undocumented people. Dartmouth staff, librarians, and students partnered to produce a film that captured their journey to confront the use of biased catalog subject headings, such as “illegal alien.”The film details how their campus activism led them to be a part of the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

Panel discussions followed both of the screenings.


Ellen Ambrosone, South Asian Studies Librarian, Princeton University

Katie Remus, Learning & Development Specialist, Princeton University


Co-organizer, panel moderator

Citizen Science @ Princeton 2019

Citizen Science Day 2019 Peter B. Lewis Science Library Princeton University April 13th, 2019

The Lewis Science Library and the Council on Science and Technology partnered to host students, staff, researchers, and members of the community for Citizen Science Day 2019 at the Lewis Science Library on Apr. 13.

This year’s featured citizen science project was StallCatchers, an online citizen science game designed to help advance Alzheimer’s disease research at Cornell University through public participation in the research process. By identifying flowing and stalled blood vessels in the brains of live mice using footage from a virtual microscope, Team ‘CitSciPrinceton’ contributed to crowd-sourced data collection which has doubled the speed of Cornell’s data analysis, potentially shortening the number of years to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s from 30 years to 15.

The group also participated in Snapshot Serengeti, a citizen science project from Princeton researcher Dr. Meredith Palmer (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), that identifies migrating animals in the Serengeti through camera trap images.

Collaborators: Meredith Palmer, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton

Partners: SciStarter, Princeton Council for Science and Technology

Contribution: Co-organizer

Press release: At Citizen Science Day, Lewis Science Library and Council on Science and Technology partnered to help advance Alzheimer's research

Citizen Science @ Princeton 2020

Princeton's second annual Citizen Science @ Princeton event was held in celebration of Citizen Science Month 2020.

Collaborator: Meredith Palmer, Ph.D

Partners: SciStarter, Zooniverse, Snapshot Safari, Verizon

Contribution: Co-organizer

Press release: Over 100 people attended PUL's annual Citizen Science Month event, which uses volunteers to help complete research projects

[Preprint] Citizen Science: StallCatchers Results

In 2019, the Princeton community participated in StallCatchers, a Citizen Science Day event held at the Lewis Science Library in which participants helped gather data on blocked blood vessels for Alzheimer’s research.

The preprint now available lists StallCatchers as co-author.

We are now that much closer to a cure because an army of ordinary folks volunteered their time for science. Over 60,000(!!) individual capillaries were analyzed, a feat which simply would have been impossible otherwise. Very proud of our participants and happy to see this out!

📑 Muhammad Ali, Kaja Falkenhain, Brendah N Njiru, Muhammad Murtaza-Ali, Nancy E Ruiz-Uribe, Mohammad Haft-Javaherian, Stall Catchers, Nozomi Nishimura, Chris B. Schaffer, Oliver Bracko

bioRxiv 2021.03.05.433976; doi:

[Data Set] Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who has the highest APC of them all?

Highest 'Gold OA' and 'Hybrid' article processing charges (APC) for top commercial publishers of academic journals.

Data from April 27, 2021

[DataSet] Meghan M Testerman. (2021). Article Processing Charges (APC): Springer-Nature, Elsevier, Wiley & Sons, SAGE (Version 1.0) [Data set]. Zenodo.

1. Springer-Nature

OA: Nature Communications (+ 4 other titles): 6,000 USD / 5,250 EUR

Hybrid: Nature (+33 more) 11, 390 USD / 9,500 EUR

2. Elsevier

OA: Patterns/One Earth/Med: 8,900 USD / 7,600 EUR

Hybrid: Cell: 9,900 USD / 8,500 EUR

3. Wiley & Sons

OA: EMBO Molecular Medicine/Molecular Systems Biology: 5,000 USD / 4,500 EUR

Hybrid: EMBO Reports / The EMBO Journal: 5,200 USD / 4,700 EUR

4. Sage

OA: MDM Policy & Practice / Molecular Pain 2,500 USD

Hybrid: Journal of Marketing (+3 other titles): 5,000 USD

5. Taylor & Francis

APCs calculated differently but tops out at 4,800 USD