Yesterday and today we’ve been testing participants. As of right now, we’ve tested three people, and we have eight people scheduled total. Our goal is ten. I’m not sure if we will make it, but at the moment we’re just trying to test as many people as possible. The experiments are running smoothly, and we’ve gotten used to running the entire thing through.
We had luncheon lecture yesterday at 11. Anna Slavina led the book discussion for Stand Out of Our Light. I had a ton of questions and comments about the book, but those didn’t seem very relevant to what everyone else was talking about. I was more interested in the question that started the book, which was asking about a phenomenon that was affecting the political system. Williams mentions politics a lot, but I don’t think its the main focus of the book, but rather a common side note, that “oh this applies to politics too.” Other people were interested in how the information age shapes our reality. Do we only believe things because we know a lot of other people think the same way? It’s an interesting question. I think we could’ve discussed the book a lot more, but that hour-long discussion was just scratching the surface, to quote Lara.
Yesterday at 4pm, we had Craft of Research. I found the session to be very productive. We peer reviewed each other’s papers. Our team got some comments back on our paper. I think I’ll ask Abby and Andrew for a closer look at our paper and poster.
It was really rainy today, so it was just a cold day in the lab. I’m back at VRAC now to post here and fill out the course evaluation forms. I’m also trying to convince some people to participate in our experiment… Please sign up if you haven’t already!