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I'm a hybrid programmer / web designer / psychology researcher. I'm currently doing internet-based psychological interventions with a University of California health research lab, trying to help folks learn skills for creating positive emotions and coping with stress effectively.

I also help non-technologically-inclined researchers and administrators manage and collate large datasets. Munging unruly text files may not be glamorous, but you'd be surprised how often it's what gets the science done.


Jun
3
comment Is there any (free) program that allows the recording of text input and the speed of input?
How much precision do you need? If being off by 100ms won't hurt, then don't even bother with psychopy. Just make a web page with a textarea and write two lines of javascript to save the timestamp of the first and last onChange events.
Mar
28
comment Practical Use For a Neuroimager
You're allowed to edit your comment for a few minutes after posting, in order to correct typos and such. I believe the freeze after that is not "bad programming," it's a drama prevention device.
Dec
28
comment Improving Speed of Thinking
Practice. Almost all activities or types of reasoning involve having a mental library of useful facts or related situations that is built up through experience. There is such as thing as "pure" intelligence, unrelated to domain expertise, but in almost all situations people who can find solutions quickly and confidently are ones who have put a lot of time and work into learning the field and stretching their capabilities.
Nov
26
comment Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?
You might want to look into whether people typically buy anything in their favorite color (or anything other than clothes). This may not be a car-specific phenomenon.
Nov
21
comment Why have historically most inventors been men?
On the other hand, I don't think "inventors aren't average" allows you to dismiss neurological differences. If an achievement (or a disability) relies on a very extreme level of some underlying trait, then even a small difference in averages can make a large difference in the number of people who are at that extreme. This can also occur if the two groups differ in variance rather than average (e.g., males may have a higher rate of both extremely high and extremely low intelligence).
Nov
21
comment Why have historically most inventors been men?
I think sexism has to be the main answer. The historical differences between men and women in education, opportunity, and social standing are so huge that they're certain to dwarf any relevant biological or psychological differences. If current social trends continue, then maybe 20 years from now we'll be able to start tracking the sex of inventors and have it tell us something about inherent sex differences.
Nov
17
comment How well defined is ADD/ADHD?
You're right, my mistake. I was thinking about the other question in the post, "Are there good reasons for picking out the behaviors associated with ADHD and giving them a name?"
Nov
16
comment How well defined is ADD/ADHD?
None of this answers the original question: Do these traits tend to cluster strongly? Is there reason to believe that they share an underlying etiology? etc.
Nov
13
comment Cheapest way to measure arousal levels
This is a clever idea, but if actigraphy-while-stationary hasn't been validated as a measure of arousal, then it's probably not a good idea for these purposes. You don't want to pair an already-controversial hypothesis with a measurement method that's also untested.
Nov
13
comment How can I create computer based psychology experiments using OS X?
You should specify whether you need psychophysics-level precision timing, or whether you just want to present stimuli. If it's the latter, then flash and all sorts of other roll-your-own solutions are fine. If it's the former, then you probably want something like psychopy, where the designers have already done a lot of the testing and the low-level black magic necessary to get precision timing of stimulus display and responses.