I just noticed that I haven’t posted in over a month. Don’t fear, loyal readers (am I being presumptuous with that plural? hi Mom!). I haven’t abandoned the blog, apparently I’ve just been too busy or preoccupied to flesh out any coherent thoughts.
So instead, here are some things that, over the last month, I’ve thought about posting but haven’t summoned up the wherewithal to turn into anything long enough to be interesting:
- Should psychology graduate students routinely learn R in addition to, or perhaps instead of, other statistics software? (I used to think SPSS or SAS was capable enough for the modal grad student and R was too much of a pain in the ass, but I’m starting to come around. Plus R is cheaper, which is generally good for graduate students.)
- What should we do about gee-whiz science journalism covering social neuroscience that essentially reduces to, “Wow, can you believe that X happens in the brain?” (Still working on that one. Maybe it’s too deeply ingrained to do anything.)
- Reasons why you should read my new commentary in Psychological Inquiry. (Though really, if it takes a blog post to explain why an article is worth reading, maybe the article isn’t worth reading. I suggest you read it and tell me.)
- A call for proposals for what controversial, dangerous, or weird research I should conduct now that I just got tenure.
- Is your university as sketchy as my university? (Okay, my university probably isn’t really all that sketchy. And based on the previous item, you know I’m not just saying that to cover my butt.)
- My complicated reactions to the very thought-provoking Bullock et al. “mediation is hard” paper in JPSP.
Our spring term is almost over, so maybe I’ll get to one of these sometime soon.