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Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:08 pm
by MKG
C'mon Zech - here's your opportunity. Not exactly New Scientist, I know, but you have a platform. What was your paper about?

Mike

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:45 pm
by demi
Yes Zech, what was your papper on?? :)

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:59 pm
by Zech
Well, since you insist :oops:
I seem to have covered a fairly diverse range of topics over fifteen years or so. These are the ones that made it through the peer review process:

On unconscious (or not) processes in problem solving: "Incubation in problem solving as a context effect"
The incubation effect is when you leave a tricky problem aside for a while and either the answer comes to you suddenly, or it's just easier when you go back to it.

On primary school education: "Distributed and massed practice: From laboratory to classroom"
Distributed practice means little and often, rather than trying to cram learning into a single session. Distributed works much better and you can show that in a classroom setting.

On university level education: "Is the Teaching of Statistical Calculations Helpful to Students' Statistical Thinking?"
No it isn't.

On eating disorders: "The relationship between self‚Äźdiscrepancies, eating disorder and depressive symptoms in women"
This was a study conducted by a student of mine, co-supervised by someone with a good reputation and generous with authorship. I honestly can't remember the details of this one.

On measuring alcohol consumption: "Alcohol Confusion: What is a unit?"
The editor of the British Medical Journal made a mistake about alcohol units (they're not the same in every country). I wrote and told him so.

On measuring alcohol affordability: "A new measure of alcohol affordability for the UK"
The UK National Statistics had a mistake in their measure of alcohol affordability. I faced scathing criticism at a conference (this is an economics paper. I am not an economist) and government bureaucracy to get that changed, but it's changed now.

It's a shame that so little of this reflects my first love, which is the unconscious processes. I found it much easier to get published in large and popular areas about which I knew a little than in a small, obscure area about which I knew almost everything. Ah, well. It all seems like a long time ago now. I'd be hard pushed to tell you about the studies that I gave up trying to get published.

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:14 am
by demi
Thats really interesting Rachel. Well done!

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:17 pm
by Zech
Thanks :icon_smile:

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:26 pm
by GeorgeSalt
Zech wrote:On unconscious (or not) processes in problem solving: "Incubation in problem solving as a context effect"
The incubation effect is when you leave a tricky problem aside for a while and either the answer comes to you suddenly, or it's just easier when you go back to it.
That sounds like an interesting paper, is this the one? - I'll have a read later..

Re: Glass found in homeopathic remadies.

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:00 pm
by Zech
GeorgeSalt wrote:
Zech wrote:On unconscious (or not) processes in problem solving: "Incubation in problem solving as a context effect"
The incubation effect is when you leave a tricky problem aside for a while and either the answer comes to you suddenly, or it's just easier when you go back to it.
That sounds like an interesting paper, is this the one? - I'll have a read later..
Yes, that's the one.