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Is this Image Fake?

Have you seen this image and wondered, “Is that real?”. Tried hunting down a source that could conclusively answer that only to be met by mountains of pseudoscience? If so, you’re in luck. The answer’s right here. After finding it for myself I figured it was worth taking a few minutes to put it out there just so there’s a little candle out there for folks who happen to be searching for the truth on this in the future. About a week ago a friend of mine drew my attention to this image. It came from a popular science article (link) on the how a baby’s interaction with its mother “determined” whether its brain developed normally. Now the article itself was generally decently worded as far as pop brain science stuff goes but it hinted very strongly that it was the lack of an affectionate bond that was the primary …

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Why Pseudoscience is Dangerous

We’ve all seen them. Scrolling down our Facebook feeds. From the extreme “Eat cinnamon to prevent cancer”. “Grow these plants in your house to filter out toxins” to the plausible sounding but nonetheless empirically awful claims on the powers of coffee, power posing, red wine etc. etc. There’s so much junk out there that it’s a waste of time to debunk each one personally. And there’s really no point. Whack something down and something else will just rise to take its place. In my own life, I steer well clear of garbage science. It’s not hard to do, just look up the journals that are being cited and if no journal is being cited, toss it out. You’ll be amazed at how much plausible “real science backed” stuff actually has no backing whatsoever. Ask someone else to do it though and you often get a range of laziness fueled reactions. …

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My Take on Excelling in Graduate School

Like many, I had a slightly slow start to my graduate career before I started to learn how to really get things moving. As I move on to new pastures, I figured it be worth taking a few minutes to share some of the things that have helped me in my adventure + many more that I wish I had known or had taken more seriously coming in. Here’s a shortlist for them for folks thinking about graduate school or who know folks with plans that might find this useful! *Caveat : this list is psych-centric with an emphasis on folks interested in a academia, might be some useful bits in the mix for folk interested in applied work but I’d recommend checking out other sources for tips on that! 1) Learn a Skill and get good at it, very good at it ideally Unless you happen to have a earth-shatteringly …

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First Post!

It’s high time I started a blog focused on both discussing my research work and passing on advice that I picked up on my academic adventure to folks who might be interested in a similar journey. In this blog I plan to write posts discussing my research work and findings, elaborate on experiment and EEG analysis code (soon to be uploaded!) I’ve uploaded for public use on online repositories and musings on various theoretical subjects and the academic life. Looking forward to writing on this~!

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