Academia
Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Reproducibility: an Issue of Exploration vs Confirmation

Much has been made of the reproducibility crisis in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. There are many partial culprits: small sample size, subjects tending to come from a single weird demographic, convoluted processing pipelines, and a phenomenon that goes by several names: P hacking or Data Dredging Circular Analysis or Double Dipping HARKing (Hypothesizing After Results...
Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

The week before the 2016 election, I proposed my dissertation. I had ambitious goals and I was ready to put in the work to achieve them. A December 2017 graduation date was in my sights. But on November 9th, I entered into an unfamiliar brain state: constant, low-level panic. An itching feeling that I needed...
Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

As anyone in a PhD program knows, your experience is highly dependent on your relationship with your advisor. We discussed in our earlier post, How to Choose a PhD Advisor, ways to hopefully make the “right” (best?) choice. While there are many advisors in the world, not all can be called mentors. The difference is...