Reading Group

“Statistics Communication and (in)numeracy” reading group

In this reading group we focus on literature on the wide topic of statistics communication and (in)numeracy. Meetings take place online via MS Teams on Fridays, 13.00-14.00h. At each meeting, two participants present a scientific article on the topic. The focus is on the research methods and the important findings. Other participants can read these papers as a preparation, but this is not mandatory.

If you would like to join the reading group, please contact me via s.j.w.willems[at]



Speakers and literature:

June 25, 2021

Bunga Citra Pratiwi:

Sanne Willems:

June 11, 2021
Laura Verbeek: 
Zsuzsa Bakk:

May 28, 2021

Anne Marthe van der Bles:

May 14, 2021

Ascension Day

April 30, 2021

Nikky van Buuren:
Fischhoff B. Communicating about the risks of terrorism (or anything else). Am Psychol. 2011 Sep;66(6):520-31. doi: 10.1037/a0024570. PMID: 21823780.

Laura Verbeek Winnifred Wijnker:
Raschke, R. L., & Steinbart, P. J. (2008). Mitigating the effects of misleading graphs on decisions by educating users about the principles of graph design. Journal of Information Systems, 22(2), 23-52.

April 16, 2021

April 2, 2021

Good Friday

March 19, 2021

Ionca Smeets:
Romano, Alessandro, Sotis, Chiara, Dominioni, Goran, & Guidi, Sebastián. (2020). The scale of COVID‐19 graphs affects understanding, attitudes, and policy preferences. Health Economics, 29(11), 1482-1494.
Nynke Krol:
Porter, Theodore M. Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life. Princeton University Press, 1995. JSTOR

March 5, 2021

Winnifred Wijnker: 

Okan, Y., Galesic, M. & Garcia-Retamero, R. How People with Low and High Graph Literacy Process Health Graphs: Evidence from Eye-tracking: Graph Literacy and Health Graph Processing. J. Behav. Decis. Mak. 29, 271–294 (2016)

Sanne Willems:
Innumeracy in the Wild - Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers, Ellen Peters (2020) – book, part 1 and 2