This is my annual ‘did I get anything done this year?!’ blog post… lets see how I did on my “Things To Do 2014” list: Continue reading
Me on Ludong campus
At the start of March myself and a colleague went to teach at Ludong University in Yantai, China, for two weeks. The teaching was part of a collaborative programme between the psychology departments at Keele and Ludong whereby the Ludong students get to come to Keele in their third year of their undergraduate degree after completing two years of a combination distance learning and intensive research methods courses. We were there to teach the second instalment of the intensive research methods course.
Me and my mum in Victoria, summer 2013
Well, the short answer is no.
If you’d like a more specific answer, with reasons/excuses for why I did not achieve everything on my list of “Things to do 2013” then keep on reading…. Continue reading
CN Tower from downtown Toronto
Toronto University of Art & Design
Art Gallery of Ontario
Last week I returned from attending the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Psychonomics) which this year was held in Toronto, Canada. This conference brought back lots of memories for me as the Psychonomics meeting in 2005, also held in Toronto, was the first international conference I attended. In 2005 I’d been working as a full-time research assistant in a psychology department for nearly a year but I still didn’t really know if I was going to pursue a PhD and continue in academia or not. A lot has changed since then, both personally and professionally, and it was both weird and interesting to reflect on those things while in Toronto again.
Psychonomics is a great conference. Firstly, it’s free to attend! – No huge registration fees (and the membership fees are nominal too). Obviously if you’re not based in North America it is expensive to fly there, and downtown North American hotels are always pretty pricey, but it really is worth the price and the long flight*. Psychonomics is also the largest experimental psychology conference in the world. I don’t know how good it is for other areas of cognitive psychology (e.g., attention, perception) but for the research areas I am interested in (memory, metacognition) it is the best place to present your work, and to see the best new work coming out of the big North American cognitive labs. I still find that it can be pretty scary presenting your poster to a ‘big name’ whose papers you’ve read over and over, and sometimes they can verbally s&*% all over your data, but most of the time I have found their feedback and suggestions to be really helpful. Continue reading
I have achieved the #1 thing on my list “Things to do 2013” and have got a new job! In October I am starting as a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University.
St. Joseph Bay, Cape Scott, Vancouver Island, 2013
Obviously I’m very excited to be taking the next step forward in my academic career, and to be moving back to the UK as I’ll be (much!) closer to friends and family, but I am sad to leave Canada as I don’t really feel like I’ve had enough time here….
This is a list of things I hope to achieve in 2013. Last year I compiled a similar list (see here) and it was useful to me to refer to it now and then to see how I was progressing.
Some of these are more concrete objectives and some are related to more abstract or ongoing life goals.
I am excited about all that I hope to get done this year!