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Research Methods Class Colloquium

12 Dec

Hi Class!  We are in room NORTH 611 tomorrow for our symposium.

Post your presentations here.  By posting you agree that your presentation can also be shown to students in future classes!  Thanks for making research methods class so much fun.

Otherwise, you can bring your presentation on disk/drive as we discussed in lab last week.

Note, please try to import videos into Voice Thread. If there are any problems, please upload them onto the class YouTube Station.

Our symposium will begin promptly at 10:10, it is great if you can have your projects uploaded prior.   If you have chosen not to be video taped, please let me

know prior to tomorrow.

As promised, you are ready and gliding now! (:

Practice makes perfect. See you in the morning!

 

 

 

 

How to give a short research presentation by Prof. Tricia Striano

6 Sep

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DAILY SCIENCE NEWS ASSIGNMENT

20 Sep

Can you find the original source?

One important part of research methods is detecting good research, communicating research to the public, and being able to critique research that you read or hear about about in the news (not to mention in journals!).

Find a current (within 3 months) popular publication/news article on topic related to social psychology (social development, social psychology etc.)

What is the question addressed?

Why is this an important question?

What is new?

How was the question addressed?

What can you tel l  us about the author?

Is there any information about grant funding? And/or about the authors?

Are there ethical concerns?

What is the reference of the article discussed?

Engage 5 students.

Post your link one week before your presentation so everyone can read it! In addition, post answers to the above questions. Come to class ready to present and discuss. Class will also blog about the article. In addition, questions from presentations, etc. may be on tests. You must engage at least 10 students during your presentation. Be creative! Your presentation should last 15 minutes.

This assignment is an important part of your participation grade. Speak clearly, smile, be prepared.

You may use research from

Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com

LAB Four: Post your presentation here!

13 May

My research methods class gave excellent presentations today!  I loved this class!  Great job!

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.

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,
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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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.

Writing for public

11 Apr

When writing for the public – Remember to include A) What is the purpose of the research? In other words, what is the question?  B) Why is it important? Why should the public care? WHY should tax dollars be funding this? C) What is new about what you are doing?  D) What will you do with the results? Why should I care?

Be concise and direct.  Look at how a press release is written.  Read lots of stories in the media. 

Check your writing grade level with Google.  Can a 5th grader understand your writing?   I placed a link for this. 

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Press-Release

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch–Kincaid_readability_test

http://juicystudio.com/services/readability.php

BEFORE

Research suggests that information from caregivers might be preferentially and more efficiently process relative to strange faces. We propose that increased familiarity with a face may help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and typically developing infants in deriving information from the face. By using event-related potential (ERP) measures, we will investigate how both groups process eye gaze which administered by a caregiver versus a stranger, and consequently provide tools to facilitate optimal social and cognitive development.