All assignments are due before the class date indicated. Class lectures will assume you have done the readings, and we will build on them.
** Assignment and rubric for blog post #1 ** (due 8/17)
** Assignment and rubric for blog post #2 ** (due 8/28)
** Assignment and rubric for blog post #3 ** (due 9/7)
For Blog Post #3, you need to include a visual. Here’s a blog post with video tutorial on Canva, if you decide to use Canva to make a visual.
Monday, August 7
- Complete Introductory survey
- Read What you Miss when you Take Notes on your Laptop. Maggie McGloin. Harvard Business Review.
- Watch What is Metacognition? Yiorgos Tsivranidis
- (Optional) Read Dear stressed out science student: here are the answers to your questions about #sciencelife. Samantha Yammine.
Tuesday, August 8
- Read the syllabus
- Read Science is what makes us human. Chad Orzel. Science blogs.
- Read How we edit science: Part 1: The Scientific Method. Tim Dean. The Conversation.
- Watch The Scientific Method. Khan Academy
- Read The Scientific Method. Khan Academy
- Read The Scientific Method in Everyday Life. Julie Youngblood.
- 10-minute reflection: set 1-3 goals for yourself for this course
- What do you hope to learn?
- What strategies do you intend to adopt to meet your goals?
- How will meeting these goals help your personal and professional development?
Wednesday, August 9
*Note: first writing workshop today. 10:00-10:50am in WLH 2111*
- Read In Science, It’s Never ‘Just a Theory’. Carl Zimmer. The New York Times.
- Watch Can you solve this? Veritasium
- Read What is a scientific hypothesis? Alina Bradford. LiveScience.
- (Optional) Read How to implement hypothesis-driven development. Barry O’Reilly.
- 10-minute reflection: complete at least 1:
- What questions do you have about this material?
- Write 2 potential test questions on this material.
Thursday, August 10
- Read Psychology is WEIRD. Bethany Brookshire. Slate.
- Read Ten Famous Psychology Findings That It’s Been Difficult To Replicate. Christian Jarrett. BPS Research Digest.
- 10-minute reflection: What is your reaction to the readings? What are your current thoughts on psychological research?
Monday, August 14
- Watch Hypothesis Testing 01: Going to Court. Rahul Patwari
- Read What a nerdy debate about p-values shows about science — and how to fix it. Brian Resnick, Vox.
- Read How we edit science part 2: significance testing, p-hacking and peer review. Tim Dean. The Conversation.
- 10-minute reflection:
- Describe one real-world scenario in which a false positive would have serious consequences, and describe one scenario in which a false negative would have serious consequences.
- In general, do you think false positives or false negatives are more dangerous?
Tuesday, August 15
- Read What it means to do cognitive science research. Rose Hendricks, The Q.
- Do this online experiment (~5 min): Simple and choice reaction time tasks
- Record your results
- Read Poker faces: What makes it hard to read other people’s emotions? Seana Coulson.
- Watch fMRI: What it is & what it’s good for.
- (Optional) Watch Is there an fMRI crisis? SciShow Psych.
- (Optional) Read IgNobel prize in neuroscience: The dead salmon study. Scicurious for Scientific American
- (Optional) Read Research using sheep leads to a new device to record and stimulate the brain. Speaking of Research.
- (Optional) Read What is fMRI? UCSD Center for fMRI
- 10-minute reflection: Answer any subset of these
- What kinds of research questions does cognitive science address?
- Brainstorm some examples.
- What are the challenges of researching these ideas?
- How might researchers operationalize and measure the phenomena they’re interested in?
Wednesday, August 16
- Watch 5 Psychology Experiments You Couldn’t Do Today. SciShow.
- Watch Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science.
- Read Researching the researchers: meet Stanford school’s ‘Cassandra’ of fake news. Emma Bryce. Wired.
- Read The 9 circles of scientific hell. Neuroskeptic, Perspectives on Psychological Science.
- Read Repeat after me, Maki Naro, The Nib.
- Read Darpa wants to build a BS detector for science, Adam Rogers, Wired.
- (Optional) Harvard report shines light on ex-researcher’s misconduct. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe.
- (Optional) The mind of a con man. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, New York Times.
- (Optional) Cancer research in crisis: Are the drugs we count on based on bad science? Jalees Rehman, Salon.
- (Optional) Scientists shouldn’t be punished for being wrong. Jay Bassan, Massive.
- 10-minute reflection: Create at least 2 potential test questions based on today’s pre-class material (with answers).
Thursday, August 17
- Blog post #1 due before class (see submission instructions in assignment description)
- Check-in survey
- Optional addition: if you would like to give anonymous feedback (Note that the non-anonymous form is mandatory, even if you are also giving anonymous feedback)
Monday, August 21
- Watch Why an entire field of psychology is in trouble. SciShow.
- Read Science isn’t broken Christie Aschwanden, Five thirty-eight.
- 10-minute reflection: At the beginning of this class, you set a goal for yourself.
- How are you doing?
- Are there behaviors you can take to improve?
- Is there a new goal you feel would be appropriate to set for the duration of the course?
Tuesday, August 22
- Read The Wedding Industry’s Pricey Little Secret. Will Oremus. Slate.
- Watch Unmasking the hidden paradox in data. Bite Size Psych
- Read More than average confusion about what mean means mean. Hilda Bastian, Statistically Funny.
- Read Oh ordinal data, what do we do with you? Dr. Nic.
- Be sure to also watch the video embedded in the post
- 10 minute reflection: QRC (Question, Reaction, Comment). Describe one question, reaction, or comment you have based on today’s pre-class materials.
Wednesday, August 23
- Watch Facebook’s secret psychological experiment. SciShow.
- Watch Psychological Research – Crash Course Psychology #2 by Crash Course
- Read Controlled Experiments. Khan Academy
- Read Can angry tweets predict heart-disease rates? By Jesse Singal. Science of Us
- Read Dear Mona, Does Living Together Before Marriage Increase The Risk Of Divorce? By Mona Chalabi. FiveThirtyEight.
- Read Religion and altruism. The Economist.
- Watch A Marshmallow can predict your life success. MindfulThinks
- Read How your cell phone hurts your relationships. Helen Lee Lin, Scientific American.
- 10-minute reflection: Write 2 potential exam questions (any format except true/false; include answers)
Thursday, August 24
- Read A Closer Look at Two Survey Design Styles: Within-Subjects & Between-Subjects. Liana E.
- Read Apparently, These Are the Funniest Words in the English Language. Cari Romm, Science of Us.
- Watch Internal Validity. Prof. Nikki Hozack.
- 10-minute reflection: Give an example of one research question you think a between-subjects design would be especially useful for, and one that a within-subjects design would be. For each, explain why the question and design are well-suited for each other.
Monday, August 28
- Blog post #2 due before class (see submission instructions in assignment description)
- Read Reefer Madness? By Erik Kaestner. NeuWrite SD.
- Required sections: Intro, Adolescent marijuana use and schizophrenia, and Conclusion. The rest is optional
- Read Fifty years and counting: The Wisconsin longitudinal study. Science Daily.
Tuesday, August 29
- Watch Factorial Design (Part A): Scenario & Descriptive Statistics. ProfKelley
- Watch Factorial Research Design – An example. Michael Britt
- Read Why Pink LEGO might be bad for girls. Christian Jarrett, The British Psychological Society Research Digest.
- 10-minute reflection: Choose at least 1
- Do you see connections between the blog post you read and videos you watched? If so, explain.
- What questions do you have about the material from the videos?
Wednesday, August 30
- Watch Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research.
- Watch Amazing Effects of Sleep (And Lack of it). BrainCraft.
- Read Nature vs. Nurture – Feral Child Victor of Aveyron. Curious Tendency.
- Read Stuff and Starve: A means of holiday binging or healthy eating? Hoffner, NeuWrite SD.
- Read No Cerebellum? No Problem. Matt Boisvert, NeuWrite SD.
- Read What a professor learned as an undercover freshman. Diana Jean Schemo, New York Times.
- 10-minute reflection: What were some commonalities and differences among the stories you read and watched?
Thursday, August 31
- Read Principles of STEM Communication. Northwestern University.
- Read Science blogging: The future of science communication & why you should be a part of it. Biochemical Soul.
- Read Use the proven power of stories to explain science and data. Christine O’Connell. re:Work.
- Read How to read and understand a scientific paper: A guide for non-scientists. Jennifer Raff, LSE Impact Blog.
- Read Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write. Zoe Doubleday & Sean Connell, The Conversation.
- (Optional) Read Everything you need to know about the inverted pyramid writing style Brad Zomick
- (Optional) Read Breaking the Inverted Pyramid — Placing News in Context. Ed Yong, Not Exactly Rocket Science
- (Optional) Read Everyone can write better and you are no exception. Herbert Clark
- 10 minute reflection: Answer at least one
- Think about times you stumbled upon a science topic that was interesting to you. Was it in class, through an article, video, conversation, or some other form? What did the communicator do to make it interesting?
- What are some takeaway points from these materials that you can apply to your blog post assignments in this class and science communication endeavors beyond this class?
Monday, September 4 is Labor Day: no class
Tuesday, September 5
- Watch Chris Anderson: TED’s secret to great public speaking: video
- Read Science Communication: Know your Audience Julie Gould, Naturejobs
- Read 3 secrets to social media for science communication Paige Jarreau
- Read Marching for science online? Here are some evidence-based scicomm tips Paige Jarreau
- Read A Scientist’s Guide to Social Media Chris Tachibana, Science
- (Optional) More scicomm resources.
- 10 minute reflection: Answer any question(s) from this list.
- What is the value of science communication?
- What forms of science communication do you find most compelling, or do you think are most effective for teaching the public about science? What about for informing people about important social and scientific issues like climate change or vaccine efficacy?
- Do you currently consume science communication? In what forms?
- Do you currently communicate science? In what ways?
- Do you have goals to communicate science more? Explain
Wednesday, September 6
Review Class. Come prepared with questions you have about the material we’ve covered
Thursday, September 7
- Blog post #3 is due by 11:00am
Friday, September 8
- Final Exam: 11:30am – 2:30pm in PCYNH 106