Before moving into psychology, I had never encountered the term “effect size”, which is a standardized unitless way to report the effect of an intervention or treatment. This means that you can say “woah, that’s a big effect” and everyone knows what you mean whether or not they know the ins and outs of your particular research area. Being totally ignorant of this sort of thing I did what I always do: bought a book!
To kick off explaining my general research area I’m going to explain my data-type of interest: Likert-type item data.
Last Tuesday I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to get back into my PhD after a cosy Christmas break. Unfortunately, I was immediately smacked in the face with a horrendous cold that thrust right back under the covers for over a week. With my head pounding and waves of nausea hitting me every time I tried to do anything, how could I be productive and get better?
Well here are my top tips for getting through a niggling cold without falling behind in your PhD.
I love Significance magazine the bimonthly journal/magazine hybrid released by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and American Statistical Association (ASA). As soon as it slips through my letterbox I pop the kettle on and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable dive into statistics related news. For many this will sound incredibly dorky but seeing as you are reading my blog I can only assume you have a little of the statistics dork inside you as well. So let me tell you of the wonders held within it’s glossy pages…
I find getting enough work done in a week very challenging. Anxiety prevents me from starting work I need to do and Depression stops me doing anything much at all. I have to work independently on my PhD and do chores, for most depressed people getting up is a challenge that can take many hours or never happen. How can you manage time when your mood resists planning?
Welcome to another book review! Today I’m reviewing another book about critical thinking but this one is focussed on academic critiques for use in literature reviews and other academic work. Join me as I review Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (3rd Ed.) by Mark Wallace and Alison Wray, a thoroughly modern guide to critical reading and writing.
In my previous post I discussed my recent poster presentation. Here I’ll talk about some of the ideas that came out of my discussion with attendees (postgraduate psychology students). Is it easy for researchers to adopt Bayesian methods? What do statisticians need to do to facilitate this?