Learning to Lecture: More Questions Than Answers?

For the first time in my PhD I went to a workshop for PGRs that eroded my confidence rather than increased it. This post is really so I can try to grapple with, not only the issues raised about lecturing, but my own response to the workshop.

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Book Review: Forty Studies that Changed Psychology (3rd Ed.)

Every now and then it hits me that I know almost nothing about psychology. Vague recollections of drooling dogs, prison experiments and participants being told to electrocute people aren’t exactly the sort of background knowledge that helps me decipher this week’s seminar on *checks email* how we learn/reason about causality. So I rummaged around in the Social Sciences library and found a book that could hopefully gave me a solid grounding in important studies: Roger R. Hock’s Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research.

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PhD’s First Presentation

Last Thursday, I gave my first PhD presentation (not counting my interview!) at my department’s internal conference. Second years had to give a compulsory presentation, I chose to talk about Likert scales, and I was very honoured to win second-prize in the people’s choice award. Below is my presentation (slides and narration), plus some general tips that I picked up during the process.

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Mental Health and going AWOL

I have depression and anxiety. Like most people with mental health issues, sometimes doing anything but the basics is beyond us (sometimes the basics are beyond us). Recently I have been really struggling with almost constant fatigue and consequently my blog has been neglected.

I am planning to get back to posting about MathsPsych and other stuff but I’m not planning on doing anything before October. So consider this a brief hiatus.

 

Watch this Space: PhD’s First Conference!

So I got back from MathPsych 2017 on Tuesday and I will be writing a number of posts about my experience in the near future. A summary of my planned posts is given after the jump.

EDIT: I’ve pretty much abandoned this series of posts due to health issues preventing their creation until months after I actually attended the conference. Below are bolded links to the posts I did manage to write.

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