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ASSIGNMENT 3: ETHICS

16 Aug

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/14/education/14harvard.html

Why did the researcher do this? (opinion)

Why is it so important to keep good records in your research?

How might research differ in controlled settings versus in more naturalistic settings?

Class Assignment: Ethics & Media

12 Aug

After you read the article, Expert on Morality Is on Leave After Research Inquiry, in the NYTimes 11 August 2010, Find a case of data fraud in the media. Tell us about it.. here are some ideas to consider in your response:  How was the case handled? How did it end?  What did you learn from the article?   How do you think Universities should handle data fraud cases?  How should journals react?   What can students do?   What does this mean in terms of your understanding of science?   

Write your answer in 200-500 words.  Come prepared to share your findings with the class. 

Include a link to the article you found and your answer.

Sentence rewrite

4 May

Today we discussed more on writing a clear paper.  Here is the sentence in question. Practice writing

Even the youngest children could make style matches and could do so even when a subject matter match was also possible, suggesting that they are sensitive to artistic style and can focus on that dimension in the face of irrelevant variation on other dimensions.

How to give a research powerpoint presentation

1 May

*stick with topic.

*relevant points and references that are accurate.

* Building up a story (What the question, why important, what new?)

* Remember to describe methods in order they happen.  Before I care about what the stimuli looked like, I want a feeling of where the participant was seated. How far from the screen, etc etc.   LIKE YOU ARE DIRECTING A MOVIE!

* Make slides more visual, pretend your audience is a subject in the study, what did they see, for how long  etc.

Writing for science

22 Apr

One thing you will have to do as a research group leader is rewrite papers. Most will not know how long this takes.  It is also an important skill for research methods.  Let’s look at a sentence that I had to rewrite today… How would you re-write it. What jumps out to you? 

We also predicted that whether infants process names from the first phoneme, as suggested by some behavioral measurements [21], then a difference in the very early ERP time course should be found. 

LAB 3: Nutrition & Labels ABSTRACTS

20 Apr

For undergraduate research methods class, students all participated in the same lab.  The laboratory was designed to assess the influence of reading a nutritional booklet on subsequent looking at nutritional labels.   Students then had to write a paper in APA format.   Here we can see how about 20 different students wrote their abstracts.   Based on what we  have learned in class, let’s look at all of these abstracts and engage in the practice of “peer-review.” This is a great way to learn how to write an abstract. It is a beneficial exercise especially for non native speakers of English and a great way for people who have not taken Striano’s Research Method’s class to learn about abstract writing.

Now I have asked students in my class to review two abstract that they did not write. How do they critique each one? How would they suggest to rewrite it based on what we have learned in class?

Please choose an abstract that has not been reviewed 3 times.

This is also a way for the professor to see who has actually completed the assignment.   It makes grading really easy at the end of the semester. The assignment is due by midnight. Let’s see who is most likely to nail this assignment and is on the way to an A+ in  my Research Methods Class. NO PAIN. NO GAIN!

External visitors to the Research Methods BLOG are also encouraged to comment on these abstracts.  My class would love to hear from you!

Top 2 weekly time wasters!

18 Apr

THIS IS A BIT OF A FOLLOW UP FROM THE TALK I GAVE AT GAIN WORKSHOP: MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE: BECOMING A YOUNG INVESTIGATOR IN GERMANY. ONCE YOU GET TO GERMANY AND WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR MILLION EURO PRIZE YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT. ONE WAY TO MANAGE TIME IS NOT TO LOSE TIME.  DELETE MAILS (AND DON’T BLOG ABOUT THEM!). DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!!! 

WHO WOULD RESPOND TO SUCH EMAILS?  CERTAINLY NOT A TOP RESEARCHER LIKE YOURSELF! LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE EMAILS FROM THIS WEEK…. 

Professor,

Would you be available for interview regarding mentoring in the upcoming weeks? Please let me know at your earliest convienence. Thank you.

Sincerely,
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DO YOU EVEN KNOW MY NAME? WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? DID YOU DO SPELL CHECK?  CONVENIENCE  IS SPELLED WRONG… SO FAR YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A TW (Time Waster).

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Dear Dr. Striano,

I am a psychology major in the XXXXXXXXXX , aspiring to become an elementary school psychologist. Considering the critical role early development plays in all aspects of life, I was interested in participating as a research assistant in your Infancy Research lab. Unfortunately, I read that a six month commitment is required. I am pregnant and due in August, so a commitment of that length at this time would not be possible. However, I was considering volunteering my child as a participant once he is born. I would appreciate meeting with you to discuss this possibility, and perhaps any other ways I may be able to volunteer.

Thank you for your consideration,
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IS THERE ANY INDICATION HERE THAT YOU READ MY PAPERS?  THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE RESEARCH THAT MY LAB IS DOING?  SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN MY LAB BUT CAN’T EVEN COMMIT TO 6 MONTHS?  I SHOULD TAKE YOU ON BECAUSE YOU HAVE A CHILD?  I’M ALREADY GETTING EXCUSES BEFORE THE START DATE… NO WAY… NO WAY… DON’T GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN… JUST PRESS DELETE!   SO YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH ME SO THAT YOU CAN EXPLAIN AHEAD OF TIME WHY YOU CANT DO THE WORK? OR MAYBE YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FROM HOME? YOU WANT AN EXCEPTION?  YOU EXPECT TO HAVE A BABY AND TIME TO DO YOUR CLASSES AND TIME TO COMMIT TO MY LAB…  DON’T CHANGE YOUR RULES.. DON’T LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.. TO BE A TOP RESEARCHER IN GERMANY (OR IN US) YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE QUICK DECISIONS AND STICK WITH THEM. MY DECISION HERE: NO.