Rachael Wilner’s Art History Blog

roas bannerRachael Wilner has started a blog on art history here at WordPress, called Reflections of a Spectator. Rachael is an excellent art critic: she has a keen analytical mind and is a thorough reviewer. Her posts are well researched, insightful, and very educational. Indeed, as the name of her blog suggests, her posts are about her reflections and findings on a given art topic.

If you are interested in art, including its historical, societal and visual analysis, head over to her blog. As of this post, she has written about Norwegian contemporary art, Canarian Symbolist art, and the Equestrian Monument during the Italian Renaissance. Furthermore, Rachael and I have written an article together about cognitive psychology and Conceptualism, which is currently in review.

Head over to her blog: Reflections of a Spectator


In other news, I apologise for the absence of blog posts lately. I aim to rectify this by updating the blog with news relevant to my projects. In the meantime, my profile on ResearchGate is always kept up to date with the latest of my research.


ResearchGate Profile up!

rgbannerI only recently discovered a site called ResearchGate, which is basically equivalent to a “Scientist Facebook”. It is a portal for all scientists to register all their publications, link it to other research, and follow other researchers and articles. It is a simple, yet great site for anyone who works in science, and it makes it follow topics, articles, and establish contact with others easier.

It is also a great way to promote your own research, with statistics showing the impact of your work, in terms of views, downloads, and citations.

I have created a profile, found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Espen_Sjoberg

In the future, it is possible that some download links will lead to ResearchGate rather than my profile, to save bandwith and to easier assess download rates.

PhD in ADHD and Behavioral Analysis


I apologise for the lack of papers this year so far, but I recently moved to Oslo, Norway to start a PhD.

The PhD in question is about ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), more specifically about an animal model used to find new knowledge about the condition. This model is called SHR (Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat), and these particular rats share several common characteristics with ADHD patients. Therefore, behavioral experiments are conducted on rats in order to learn more about the condition, as well as how to treat it better. This model has been researched extensively over the last 20 years or so, and is regarded as the leading animal model of ADHD.

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The BPS Cognition Conference & Article Absence

I apologise for the lack of articles on the blog the last few months. I have been accepted for a PhD in Oslo, so a lot of time has been spent moving and preparing. I hope to rectify my inactivity by putting some more posts on the blog this year!

In the meantime, here is a photo from the BPS Conference in Nottingham, September 5th 2014. At this conference I had one poster and one oral talk, both where on gender effects on the Stroop test.

You can view a pdf of the talk HERE, although obviously its content was elaborated with commentary which is not included.

The poster can be viewed HERE.


Men forget more than women: How the media can create stereotypes


A research article about gender differences in memory suggested that women have better subjective memory than men. In other words, men report more memory problems than women do. Once the media started reporting this finding, however, the story became convoluted. Reports upon reports stated that science had finally documented that men forget more than women, and this gave fuel to a stereotype that it is okay for men to forget things because “they can’t help it”. The encouragement of such a stereotype by the media is especially frightening considering that the research on which this news is based on does not actually measure memory at all!

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