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Anna van 't Veer

Assistant Professor

Dr. A.E. van 't Veer
+31 71 527 1822

Dr. Anna van ’t Veer is assistant professor at the Methodology and Statistics unit focusing on developing and improving methods that are used in psychological science.

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Short CV

As an assistant professor at the Methodology and Statistics unit Dr. Anna van ‘t Veer focuses on improving the process of psychological research, in all stages of the research cycle. She received her psychology BA and MA from Leiden University, and her PhD from Tilburg University (Social Psychology, Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economic Research), where she studied moral psychology. During her time as a PhD-student, she developed a special interest in improving the way researchers practice science; why and how should researchers preregister their studies? How can experimental designs be optimized in order to learn as much as possible? And how are replications best performed? After receiving her PhD, she accepted a postdoc position at Leiden University studying neural, hormonal, and behavioral aspects of fatherhood. From this time on, she has also been actively involved in the development and improvement of scan-protocols and analysis pipelines for the MRI facilities of the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC). Dr. van ‘t Veer serves, amongst other things, as an advisory board member for Curate Science, and contributes to the (Ethics) Review committee of the Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA).


Dr. Anna van ‘t Veer’s research focuses on developing and improving methods that are used in psychological science. Keywords are (promoting) open science, meta science, and transparency. She is actively involved in open science initiatives, resulting in publications on replication and pre-registration and collaborations with other experts in this area. With this network, she has published about models for large-scale collaborations to enhance scientific value, and she has conducted such large-scale projects. Further research interests include moral psychology, parental protection, and structural and functional changes in the brain during the transition to fatherhood.


Dr. Anna van ‘t Veer teaches courses in the bachelor's programmes of Psychology (e.g., Good Research Practices, Perspective on Career Planning) and in the (research) master's programmes of Psychology (e.g., Responsible Research in Practice, fMRI Data and Statistics).

Co-supervision of PhD candidates


  • Center for Open Science Replication Grant (2013): “Reproducibility grant proposal: Prescribed optimism, Is it right to be wrong about the future?” (with Bethany Lassetter & Mark J. Brandt). See for the completed replication report: https://osf.io/8u5v2/
  • EASP travel grant to visit professor Dan Ariely at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, February-March 2014.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award from SPSP for research on interoception and moral judgments presented in a symposium on morality, Long Beach, California, February 2015.

Relevant links




Selected Publications

Selected manuals

  • Hafkemeijer, A., & van ’t Veer, A. E. (2018). Manual for resting state fMRI analysis: Preprocessing, network and seed-based dual regression. Retrieved from osf.io/qawdt
  • Van ’t Veer, A. E. (2017, March). Pre-registering research in Child Development: Why, when, what, and how. Retrieved from osf.io/cky48
  • van ’t Veer, A.E., Hafkemeijer, A., van Steenbergen, H., Bas-Hoogendam, J.M. (2017, March). Philips B0 unwarping in FSL FEAT on a cluster or locally. Retrieved from osf.io/yxcpn
    This manual describes how to pre-process and use a B0 map to correct other fMRI scans for distortions due to field inhomogeneities. It can be found here: https://osf.io/hks7x/ (>300 downloads), and it is recommended by the people behind FSL (one of the major software packages for MRI data analysis, see: https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/fslwiki/FUGUE/Guide#Non-SIEMENS_data).
  • van ’t Veer, A.E. (2016, May). Public template for pre-registration.
    This template accompanies van ‘t Veer & Giner-Sorolla (2016)(see above), and it is incorporated in the website of the Open Science Framework: anyone who creates a project page for their research can use the registration function to time-stamp their hypotheses, methods and analysis plan according to this manual, after which a permanent link to the frozen registration can be shared with reviewers and in papers (> 500 preregistrations with this template  in the first 1.5 years since publication). It can be found here: https://osf.io/56g8e/. An R package is available here: https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/prereg/prereg.pdf

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Methodologie & Statistiek

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B12


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