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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My first published article

Q90new2A few days ago my first article was published in a peer-reviewed journal. This was an article about the statistical method called the meta-analysis, a tool that is useful in combining all the available research in a field in order to find out what the overall effect is. The article was aimed at students, discussing the pros and cons of using such a method for their dissertation. However, it also had researchers in mind that had never done a meta-analysis, so hopefully academics will find it useful as well.

The article was published in PsyPAG and is available free online, and you can access the journal issue HERE. My article is on pages 18-23, or you can download the pdf of the article itself HERE.

Stroop and gender differences

title“Blue, brown, red, gr-white, blue, white, eh…red!”
Colour naming like the above is what I listened to for weeks during the testing phase of my dissertation experiments. I calculated that I heard at least 68.000 colour words being spoken during testing. Such is the fate of the Stroop experimenter. In this article I will outline some of the key findings of my dissertation, which included a Stroop colour-word test. Currently the dissertation is being rewritten into at least two publications, and therefore details surrounding the paper will be revealed later.
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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