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How important is generalizability?

Are you ready for it? My PhD research was not generalizable. I studied a specific group of people about a specific topic. I cannot make claims about how other people might respond or think about the topic, nor can I make assumptions about how the group I worked with would respond to environmental issues other … Continue reading

The wake up light works for me

Last summer I looked into the research on wake up lights. As a very not morning person who goes to work early every day I was looking for any sort of tool that could make the morning more bearable. Based on what I learned (you can read the post here) I took the chance and … Continue reading

Whiter than white? Not with LEDs

I have bought your paper with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content for several years. I don’t typically notice that anything is different until I see my paper up against someone else’s; that’s when I see that white is not always white. But it turns out that manufacturers of things like paper and laundry … Continue reading

Be more honest: swear

I’ve been in several meetings/discussions recently where individuals have unintentionally said swear words. It generally happens when they are getting excited or passionate. They then apologize for their language because it “isn’t professional”, but apparently, it is more honest. Gilad Feldman, Huiwen Lian, Michal Kosinski, and David Stillwell (2017) examined the connection between swearing and … Continue reading

Figure skating and concussions

While awareness of concussions and their long term implications is becoming more and more common in a number of sports figure skating seems to be lagging behind. Not just in media, but I didn’t actually find a single peer reviewed article on the topic when searching. So, are figure skaters somehow protected from these devastating … Continue reading

Can anything force you to tell the truth?

Ignoring the whole philosophical issue of what is truth, is there anyway to force someone to tell the truth about something? This is a pretty common plot device in a wide range of genres. From veritaserum in Harry Potter, to creatures crawling in your brain in Star Trek, to injected drugs in spy movies, it … Continue reading

You’re only as tired as you think you should be

I have noticed this funny trend with my wrist, which I had my third surgery on after breaking it and tearing it before summer last year. The pain almost always starts to increase as I get close to the end of an activity. If you don’t think too much about this it makes perfect sense. … Continue reading

Daylight savings time

I don’t like daylight savings time. Actually, to be more accurate, I prefer daylight savings time (DST) but don’t like switching on and off of it. So with the time change this past weekend I decided to look into the benefits, or lack thereof. Switching from DST to standard time is associated with an 11% … Continue reading

Grass, artificial turf, and nature connection

I saw today that one of Edmonton’s city councillors wants to look at replacing some of the city’s sports fields with artificial turf. The part of me that enjoys being in nature and wants all people to have more opportunities to connect with nature is struggling. I feel like there are many different factors in … Continue reading

Talking to yourself is okay, but be positive

I don’t really like running with other people very much. I am improving but I think my preference for being on my own stems from two things. First, I have difficulty running at my pace when I run with others because I want to make sure they are getting the workout they need (not too … Continue reading

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