I am currently taking a blogging break from building an E-Prime experiment from scratch.
I was sent two sets of instructions for how to build an E-Prime experiment from @totheendandback which have been super helpful, so thanks for those, Scott! I think without them I wouldn’t have been able to get started without my supervisor’s help. As it is, I was able to show him that I’d already started and I understood his further instructions easily.
It’s tedious, and it’s getting on my nerves, but hopefully once I’ve finished, it will have been worth it. The benefits of building my experiment from scratch are that I can put this onto my CV/LinkedIn profile. Surely this will look good to any prospective employers!
The downside is that if I had a ready-made experiment that I just needed to add my own stimuli into, I would probably be collecting data about now. I think I will be ready to start just that after reading week though!
Advice for others: If you want to use E-Prime in your dissertation, do try to find one that’s already built that you can just edit! It WILL save you a lot of time and effort. However, if you feel you’re up to the challenge, go ahead and build your own, because the knowledge could definitely come in handy!
When I say it’s been a good week, this has been the week where I’ve realised I need to start giving myself the best possible chance of ever getting onto a ClinPsyD.
So, various emails have been composed and sent off to various charities, psychologists and mental health services. And the response has been good! I’ve had three lovely emails from neuropsychologists giving me advice on how to make it.
I’ve also received a few replies in regards to volunteering. There are two that took my fancy. The first is as a patient support volunteer for Salford Royal. It’s based in a neurological ward so I would be getting direct contact with the sort of patients that I hope to work with one day. The second is a gym assistant role, with BASIC (the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre) which is close to Salford Royal. It involves assisting the service users with the gym equipment, in particular helping them out on the treadmill where they undergo gait training. Again, direct contact with people I hope to one day work with.
I’ve actually been offered the BASIC role! I start next Friday and although apprehensive I’m looking forward to it. I do think that I need to ask if alternate Friday’s would be suitable though, because I have so much going on with my dissertation!
Other than volunteering, I’ve also been in touch with someone who may be able to offer me paid work inputting data into SPSS, as well as possibly some research work over the summer.
And the thing I’m most excited about… a clinical neuropsychologist has asked me to go in to meet her on 1st March. Eep! Very much looking forward to this, as there’s a chance I will be offered a work placement or shadowing of some sort.
All in all, it’s been a brilliant week in terms of my future career, and I really feel like my life will start falling into place as I graduate. Although I recognise that it will be hard, hard work!
Sad as it is, I do enjoy a psychology joke when I come across one on the internet.
What’s the difference between a psychologist and a magician?
(Answer is at the end of the post).
During my psychology-related procrastination (better than non-psychology-related!) I also came across a meme called Psychology Student Platypus. One in particular sums up how I know I will soon be feeling when I am trying to get participants for my dissertation.
Watch out Psychology students of Salford, soon desperate third-years will be attending all your lectures and thrusting information sheets everywhere. Just remember you’ll be in our position in a year or two!
Answer to joke: A psychologist pulls habits out of rats.
Yesterday I went to Urban Outfitters and bought myself copies of Wreck This Journal and This is Not a Book, both by Keri Smith. They are both what you could call participatory books, or interactive creativity books. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how much I used to write and draw in notebooks when I was in high school, and I miss it!
So another resolution for this year is to be more creative. I think my starting a blog and writing is a part of that, but also I want to be doing the fun, childish kind of creativity that comes from having a bunch of crayons and a piece of paper to scribble on!
I think having an outlet like this will be very beneficial when I am in the midst of submitting assignments and finishing my dissertation!
The concept of both books is that each page has different instructions on. For example in Wreck This Journal, I have so far poked holes through one page with a pencil, ripped a page out, crumpled it and stuck it back in, among other things.
If you are stuck in a creative rut, or just looking for something fun to do as a way of relaxing, definitely buy a copy of Wreck This Journal! I love it already, and as Keri Smith has many more of these types of books out, I am hoping to collect them all.
All of Keri’s books can be found here to buy online.