Zoltan Dienes





Professor of Psychology
School of Psychology
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK

<= me in Tibet



Email: dienes@sussex.ac.uk
Phone: +44 1273 876638
Fax: +44 1273 678058




Dienes, Z. (2008).Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference. Palgrave Macmillan (now in Hungarian! Chinese translation coming soon.)

This book is an invaluable reference for courses on conceptual and historical issues in psychology (CHIP); courses on critical thinking; courses on research methods; and for all researchers!

click here for a Bayes Factor calculator



I organize Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes, a final year option module; Perspectives on Psychology, a final year core module. I also teach philosophy of science in the masters module Ethics, Philosophy, and Methods, and a series of lectures on hypnosis in the first year undergraduate module Contemporary Issues in Psychology.






Research publications

I am exploring ways of changing common practice in statistical inference by using Bayesian methods. I am interested in using Bayes factors to test theories as an alternative to significance testing. I am also interested in Registered Reports as a means for overcoming some problems in how science currently operates.

I am interested in the distinction between conscious and unconscious mental states, both states of knowing and intending. For example, much of the knowledge we acquire for dealing with the world appears to be unconscious. By what methods can we determine whether knowledge is conscious or unconscious? What type of structures can be learnt unconsciously?

Many people appear to be able to intend to perform some behavioural or cognitive act without being aware of their intentions; the result is that people, to varying degrees, can create new experiences that do not correspond to reality, without knowing that they are doing so. I call this ability phenomenological control - it is involved for example in responding to hypnotic suggestions. But it may be involved in many other contexts. What can be achieved with phenomenological control? How does it operate differently from mindfulness?


A hobby I invest a lot of time into is martial arts. I coach and run the University of Sussex Integrated Martial ArtsClub.
My younger brother Russell died 6 June 1997.
My twin brother Bruce died on the 24th August 2006.
My older son Harry and my younger son Tenzin.
My dog Kali
My father's website (John Biggs) .
If you are looking for my grandfather, Zoltan Paul Dienes, the mathematics educator, his page is here. He sadly passed away on 11 Jan 2014, age 97, happily singing songs with friends and family.
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