The days seem to get busier and busier…
This morning, Vrinda and I worked on getting video capture of our experiment interfaces. I was terrible at moving around in the discordant interfaces. Eventually, we had to get Roselynn to complete a trial (thank you, Roselynn!). Also, thank you to Vrinda, who converted the video files and organized them on Cybox. I had no problem using the clips in Adobe Premiere and editing the video. I used my video editing skills a lot in high school, but I have only used video editing software intermittently since then. Luckily this video is pretty basic, and I’m not having much problems with it.
While we were doing video capture, Stephen stopped by and announced that we would be doing HCI today. That was great news, because we had missed a class while he was gone. The topic of discussion was decision making. I found a lot of the things he shared with us to be true. For example, often we think “fast” when making easy, immediate decisions. For instance, when I go to the computer lab, I go to the same computer every time without thinking. If I thought “slow” and considered that I should go to another computer, I could use another machine. I tend to favor the first option. Going to the same computer is the easy option, I don’t have to choose. We prefer not to make decisions when we don’t have to. My brother pointed out this phenomenon to me a year ago, and it has been on my mind frequently since then. I have read some parts of Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, and I think I’ll return to it to explore this idea more.
Our group also made edits to the paper. We had used placeholder text for some of our sections, so we had to fill in those gaps before we submit the paper today. I’m proud of the work we did on the paper, in addition to our other REU deliverables.