If you look at my CV, you'll see that I have 3 published peer-reviewed papers. Let's not dwell on how small that number seems in terms of the academic job market. Instead, let's do dwell on how small that number seems in terms of substantial contribution to scientific knowledge, an outcome I care about at a much more lofty, less … Continue reading Why Open Data is Awesome – A Completely Self-Interested Explanation
"Ah, Paul Rozin is sort of orthogonal to this whole debate." I can't remember who said it, but I do remember the tone: awestruck, almost reverential, but with a touch of uncertainty as well. Where does Paul Rozin fit in? Let's take a step back. "This whole debate" was referring to the debate about replicability … Continue reading Orthogonal
1. The title of this post refers to #bringoutyernulls, which was (is?) making the rounds of twitter a little while ago. The hashtag emerged around the same time as a large scale attempt at replicating ego-depletion was published (hint: nulls), as well as a paper opening an oxytocin file drawer (and this earlier post is also highly relevant). More generally, … Continue reading Bring out yer nulls?
A new venue has opened up in Melbourne: a place you can go to break stuff. Like, really break it. Smash it. Crush it. With a baseball bat. The target of all this beating would be wineglasses, crockery, porcelain; mostly kitchenware, as far as I can tell. And why? To quote the Broadsheet article: “It’s a … Continue reading Catharsis
3 really exciting things have happened. I finished an almost-full draft of my thesis, and my supervisor returned it to me with nice comments and constructive suggestions for (small) changes. This might not sound terribly exciting to you, dear reader, but to me it means the difference between an on-track productive January, and a stressful … Continue reading In the Last Two Weeks…
...and get really down on yourself. Think about how writing a research article is really hard. Remember that there are plenty of good resources out there to help. Look up one of them, the much-famed Writing the Empirical Journal Article (1987/2003), by Daryl Bem. Read it. Nod along to it. Laugh/cringe about it, when it comes to the … Continue reading How to Write a Research Article…
I have serious things to do, and to write about, which have to do with The Future of (Psychological) Science, The Future of My Thesis (hopefully a very short future), and The Future of My Career (hopefully a bit longer), but... guess what? I don't feel like being serious right now. Instead, here is a collection … Continue reading Improbable Railway Crises
For a while now, there has been talk by the water-cooler (and in the journal pages, and at the conferences, and on the twitter) about a crisis in psychology. For some reason, the crisis seems to have struck social psychology particularly hard - or maybe I just notice it because that's my sub-field? I would have liked to give … Continue reading Crisis #1