Paul

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Name: Paul Reber
Date registered: March 12, 2010
URL: http://reberlab.psych.northwestern.edu/?page_id=1570

Latest posts

  1. Evidence and conclusions — August 30, 2017
  2. See the problem yet? — August 11, 2017
  3. Anti-diversity “science” — August 8, 2017
  4. In Memoriam Howard Eichenbaum — August 1, 2017
  5. Confirmation bias — June 26, 2017

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Aug 30

Evidence and conclusions

I think this should be the last note on this topic for awhile, but since it’s topical a new piece of data popped up related to possible sources of gender outcome differences in STEM-related fields.   The new piece of data was reported in the NY Time Upshot section, titled “Evidence of a Toxic Environment …

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Aug 11

See the problem yet?

The entirely predictable backlash against Google for firing the sexist manifesto author has begun.  Among the notable contributors is the NY Time Editorial page in the form of David Brooks.  In support of his position that the Google CEO should resign, he’s even gone so far as to dig up some evolutionary psych types to …

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Aug 08

Anti-diversity “science”

Somebody at Google wrote a memo/manifesto arguing against diversity (mainly gender), caused something of a ruckus and got himself fired.  The author was clearly either trying to get terminated (as a martyr) or simply not very bright.  A particularly articulate explanation of why it is necessary to fire somebody who did what he did is …

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Aug 01

In Memoriam Howard Eichenbaum

Howard Eichenbaum was a great scientist in the field of memory.  He passed away unexpectedly last week at the age of 69.  His research was directly on the boundary between basic neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, making the connections from neurobiological studies done with rats to how human memory works.  He was particularly well known as …

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Jun 26

Confirmation bias

Mistaking data consistent with your hypothesis for data establishing your hypothesis is a surprisingly common mistake, even for highly trained, experienced scientists.  The subjective experience is common: you develop and carry around a theory on some topic and over the course of your day, you run into evidence (anecdotes, or other scientific findings) that would …

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Mar 06

Explaining neuroscience

I ran across this link referenced by its title: A neuroscientist explains a concept at five different levels http://kottke.org/17/03/a-neuroscientist-explains-a-concept-at-five-different-levels I was initially worried it would annoy me, but eventually decided to take a look at it anyway, figuring it would be interesting at the level of thinking about your audience when describing a complex scientific …

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Jul 27

Surgical skill

One potential application for our basic studies of skill learning is understanding the development of skill in performing surgery.  So I was intrigued when happening to stumble across the following report of factors predicting successful surgical outcomes: Surgeon specialization and operative mortality in United States: retrospective analysis BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3571 (Published 21 July …

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Jul 15

Dark side of intuition — unconscious bias

The occasion is tragic, but I am happy to see some more public discussion of ‘unconscious bias’ in the context of recent events related to the police shootings of minority ‘suspects.’  I particularly like the title of this piece: “A former officer explains why racist police violence occurs even when cops ‘aren’t racist’” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/a-former-officer-explains-why-racist-police-violence-occurs-even-when-cops-arent-racist/ I …

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May 10

10,000 hours

I ran into a few references/mentions recently of The Dan Plan, a guy who is dedicating a few years of his life to “testing the 10,000 hours hypothesis”.  Specifically, he quit his job and is playing golf full-time trying to reach a professional level of play from a starting point of never having played before …

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Mar 29

Replicability and Ego (depletion)?

I’ve written/stated in a few places that the main problem with replicability in psychology and social science is simply that we don’t replicate enough.  Participants are a precious resource that are time-consuming (and therefore expensive) to recruit and test.  Any decision to replicate a study reflects a huge opportunity cost — you spend resources on …

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