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I got my first degree as a musician (jazz guitar) and returned to school a couple of years ago as a psychology major. As of now I am a graduate student. I have a strong interest in methodology and statistics.

In my bachelor thesis I compared the Variability Effect from Cognitive Load Theory with the phenomenon of Interleaved Learning from a connectionist point of view. Currently I am trying to build on this work. I am working on a proposal of how hierarchically structured learning material can be analysed to make predictions about the order in which the underlying concepts might be distinguished from another.


Aug
3
comment Can we change our personalities?
Can you give some references for your claims? E.g., is this your personal definition of personality or does that come from the literature? What's the evidence regarding the time scale of neuronal changes? Also, it seems to me that you have proposed a mechanistic explanation of how personality changes might occur on a microlevel. But with regard to the question wether it can be changed you provide little evidence except your own opinion.
Jul
30
comment Minimizing Halo Error
I just stumbled upon this very interesting blog post that might also be relevant.
Jul
27
comment Minimizing Halo Error
I just updated my answer with regard to your comment.
Jul
27
revised Minimizing Halo Error
Added to the answer because of a question in the comments.
Jul
24
revised Minimizing Halo Error
Corrected the citation.
Jul
23
answered Minimizing Halo Error
Jul
23
comment When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
This is getting a bit off-topic, I think. My question was a sincere one, I wanted to get answers from people on this site on what they think might be psychological questions that can/should be investigated using manifest variables. However, I did not want to put anyone down, or downplay experimental psychology, which seems to me is what you are accusimg me of. I am a big believer in empirical science. I don't think doing experiments or learning about techniques is easy, either. And in fact, I agree with most of your arguments (e.g. sample size) and get the feeling that we have similar views.
Jul
23
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Jul
23
comment When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
I totally agree with you on the whole subject of psychology vs. psychometrics. Since I started taking an interest in these issues the lack of concern about measurement has been puzzling me.
Jul
23
comment When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
@GaëlLaurans: I don't think that from an experimental psychology perspective, there is that much additional effort required in taking a latent variable approach. You might need an additional indicator, but I think that's pretty much it. The difference is in how you analyze the data.
Jul
23
comment When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
@GaëlLaurans: It is true that I did approach this question from a psychometrics perspective. But my question at the end was meant in exactly the way that you suggest: What are the cases where a latent variable approach is not that useful? I realize that this means that I assume in most cases it is useful. (thanks for the hint with the paper, I will look for it.)
Jul
22
awarded  Student
Jul
22
asked When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
Jul
18
comment How does personality moderate or mediate the relationship between stress and burnout?
Hi Angie, if "ways of coping" would be a moderator or a mediator depends on the way analyze it. You could either hypothesize that it moderates the relationship between stress and burnout (different ways of coping relate to different levels of burnout) or that it mediates the relationship (the coping strategy would then be the reason for burnout to occur or not).
Jul
17
awarded  Revival
Jul
16
answered What positive techniques can be used to motivate individuals resistant to common gamification techniques?
Jul
16
awarded  Custodian
Jul
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How is sample size determined in animal research?
Jul
15
answered Are motivation and efficiency inversely correlated?
Jul
15
revised How is sample size determined in animal research?
Corrected a couple of spelling errors and clarified the meaning of the sentence (hopefully).