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.

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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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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