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.

PhD in ADHD and Behavioral Analysis

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

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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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Articles coming, sorry for keeping you waiting.

Just a quick post to let you know I’m sorry for lack of activity lately. Like I said in my first post, expect only 1-2 articles per month to begin with as I am very busy with studies.

I am planning at least three psychology articles which hopefully will be out soon. Also, I am considering starting movie reviews based on a psychological perspective (MoviePsycho?). Obviously such reviews would be restricted to movies with content related to psychology, or at least science in general. This would be fun to do, but may be time consuming.

Another article should be out soon. Check my blog now and then for updates.

The media and ignoring averages: King of Norway and Church visits

In 2012 Norway became a secular state, changing the constitution so that everyone has religious freedom and is no longer under the Lutheran protestant faith. The Christian newspaper “Our Land” (Vårt Land) wrote an article about the decline in church visits by the Norwegian King during 2012, attributing this decline to secularism. Let me illustrate how this is a clear example of the media ignoring averages. Continue reading