The Benefits of Playing Sports

Both of my daughters play team sports. Club sports, recreational leagues, competitive leagues, and high school teams. It’s part of the fabric in our community and it’s also a bit of cultural heritage as well. Team sports are part of growing up for many middle class Canadians and Americans. And of course I played aContinue reading “The Benefits of Playing Sports”

The Professor, the PI, and the Manager

Here’s a question that I often ask myself: How much should I be managing my lab? I was meeting with one of my trainees the other day and this grad student mentioned that they sometimes feel like they don’t know what to do during the work day and that they sometimes feel like they areContinue reading “The Professor, the PI, and the Manager”

Presidential Power Pose

The president at work As much as I don’t want to write about US presidential politics, I was struck by a photograph that was released officially by the Office of the White House of the president hard at work during the government shutdown. As you can see, it is a staged photograph of the presidentContinue reading “Presidential Power Pose”

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?”

Thinking about Vacations

Summer is when most people take a vacation. The weather is usually nice, so there are many options for most people. And of course, children are usually home from school for a few months so families tend to take a vacation during this time. And even people without children probably still have a residual rhythmContinue reading “Thinking about Vacations”

Taming My Distracted Mind

There is mounting evidence that digital devices, screens, smartphones are a real roadblock to productivity. The very tools that are supposed to make us more productive might be robbing us of that ability. The Modern Worker I’m a psychology professor at a large research institution. This means that although I do spend some time teaching inContinue reading “Taming My Distracted Mind”

Le biais de confirmation: The story of the Bilingual Advantage 

The newest salvo in the psychology’s “reproducibility crisis” is not in social psychology, but is hitting the field of psycholinguistics. In this case, the evidence is mounting that the so called “bilingualism advantage” may not be an advantage after all. Worse, it may be something like the Mozart Effect for psycholinguistics…That is, an effect that isContinue reading “Le biais de confirmation: The story of the Bilingual Advantage “