Tag Archives: research

Is psychology a science? [Part 2]

By | November 14, 2014

[Part 1 of this discussion is found here.]

The original proposition that sparked this discussion was put forth in a recent study by a couple of psychologists that claimed that “academic math-intensive science is not sexist”. This study has many methodological flaws, and I’m not sure that its rather sweepingly generalized conclusions are really justified.

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Instant relevance for policy research!

By | December 14, 2013

I’ve been working on a very interesting new post, but it’s not quite ready yet. In the meantime, I can’t resist sharing with you a rather choice item that I came across a day or two ago, as a result of googling the topic “relevance of public policy research” in an attempt

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On rediscovering wheels

By | November 6, 2013

In the latest entry in the “your federal government at work” sweepstakes, the US Commerce Department has just issued a fine new report entitled “The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Focus.” As a result of extensive interviews

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Exploring causality (Part 1 of several)

By | July 21, 2013

Recently, there has been extensive renewed interest in the question of causality in social systems. The question has been particularly anguished in the analysis of randomized clinical trials – those very expensive and presumably scientifically sound procedures

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The “Evil Twin” of Math Phobia

By | July 13, 2013

Math phobia is a fairly well-established phenomenon. Basically, it’s the fear of mathematics  and, more particularly, the fear of having to do mathematical things oneself. It affects most people to some degree – fortunately for the sciences and engineering,

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Dissertation research quality

By | May 22, 2013

harvardThere’s been an interesting story going around lately about Jason Richwine and his PhD dissertation from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (here’s a pretty good summary of the case to date.) . Among other things, it apparently cost him his job with the American Enterprise Institute, which was not prepared to stand behind him when the criticism reached a serious level.

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Political control of research

By | May 17, 2013

polar-bears-standingThere has been an interesting exchange on one of the Chronicle of Higher Education blogs relating to a story on the efforts of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to manage the funding of research grants by the National Science Foundation.  This effort is part of Rep. Smith and the Republican majority in the House to politicize and eventually eliminate NSF research funding .

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Intriguing new free research tool

By | April 26, 2013

googleI’ve been experimenting recently a bit with a quite fascinating new research tool brought to you by those wonderful folks at Google Labs. It’s called an “Ngram Viewer“, and it’s basically a tool for taking words and phrases and, as Google puts it, “…display[ing] a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g.,

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In memoriam: Tora K. Bikson (Part 2)

By | February 8, 2013

tkI’d like to begin part two of this memorial to Tora with deep appreciation to those of you who commented on part one, sharing some of your own remembrances (I’ve adjusted the settings so that comments now show by default). I’m sure we’ll have a lot more to share at the RAND memorial on Friday,

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Technology, here we come!

By | January 5, 2013

cardsortIt’s that time of year again; the turn of the seasons when the urge to create summary lists describing here that is passed in the year yet to come becomes overwhelming. When I worked for the government some years ago, I used to observe that the funniest possible reading was the set of five-year plans prepared two years ago.

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