The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science

When new students or postdocs enter into your lab, do you have a plan or a guide for them? I have a lab manual that explains roles and responsibilities, but I did not (until recently) have a guide for how we actually do things. So I’ve made it my mission in 2019 and 2020 toContinue reading “The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science”

Dealing with Failure

When the hits come, they really come hard. I’m dealing with some significant personal/professional failures this month. I put in for two federal operating grants this past year: one from NSERC to fund my basic cognitive science work on learning and memory and one from SSHRC to fund some relatively new research on mindfulness meditation.Continue reading “Dealing with Failure”

Does This Project Bring Me Joy?

  I have too many research projects going on. It’s great to be busy, but I’m often overwhelmed in this area. As a university professor, some of my job is well defined (e.g. teaching) but other parts not so much. My workload is divided into 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. Within each ofContinue reading “Does This Project Bring Me Joy?”

Inspiration in the Lab

I run a mid sized cognitive psychology lab: it’s me as the PI, 2 PhD students 3 master’s students and a handful of undergraduate honours students and RAs. We are a reasonably productive lab, but there are times when I think we could be doing more in terms of getting our work out and alsoContinue reading “Inspiration in the Lab”