Using Your Experimental Psychology Skills...(R)
El Nino is gone, but La Nina is here, bringing a whole new crop of natural disasters. Florida is burning down. Saline got flattened in a tornado. Hurricanes are on their way. What can you, and experimental psychologist, do to help? Friday, June 26, 4:00 pm at Good Time Charlie's, Cognition and Perception presents the first in a series of "Using Your Experimental Psychology Skills... (R)" workshops: USING YOUR EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SKILLS...(R) ...TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM NATURAL DISASTERS. For example: "Grant-Writing" After every disaster, there is one thing on everybody's mind: How to get as much money from the government as possible. If there is one important skill you possess as a scientist, it is grant writing. We will provide ideas for how you can use this to give back to the community. For our first discussion, we will talk about how you can use your grant-writing skills to help the freeze-plagued avocado farmer get millions from FEMA, or help the rain-soaked kayak outfitter retire early. It will put a warm feeling in your heart, the kind that even p<.001 can't give. "Organization" As any Boy Scout will tell you, the thing you should do immediately, when arriving at the sight of a natural disaster, is to not panic. Anyone who remembers Jurgen Prochnow screaming "Reports! I must have the proper Reports!" as his U-boat was falling apart in Das Boot can understand the importance of this. In our second workshop session, we will discuss how to employ your hard-won conference skills of Standing-Around-And-Looking-Confident, and Making-Things-Up-When- You-Don't-Understand-The-Question, as well as laboratory and teaching skills like Reassure-Student-As-Their-Life-Crumbles and Delegate-Authority. These are invaluable during any disaster. Perhaps you can make the biggest difference organizing relief. "Labor" One oft-forgotten resource available to the experimental psychologist is the Undergraduate Research Assistant. Another is the participant volunteer. By clever experimental design, you can get a publication AND help save the world. We will discuss the types of reaction time measurements commonly used in the SBFP (SandBag Filling Procedure) and the current controversies of the so-called Army Blanket Distribution Effect. This makes for a great counter to the businessperson or engineer who asks you "What good is THAT experiment?" You can brusquely reply, "It saves lives, you monster! It saves lives." "Counter-Balancing" Many disasters have ended in disaster because they lacked someone who could properly counterbalance. The Great San Francisco Earthquake was, in reality, only a 3.1 on the Richter Scale. Unfortunately, because of some improperly designed latin squares, one degree of freedom, and an unexpected four-way interaction, thousands of people lost their lives and homes. We will help you brush up on the standard counter-balancing techniques, plus introduce you to some that are specially designed for the field of disaster-relief, including the "Bermuda Triangle Latin Square" and the "Night the Lights went out in Georgia Split-Plot Technique". You may be the unsung hero of the next disaster that never was. "Meteorite" As the disaster films of this summer will have you believe, a giant asteroid/meteor may be hurtling towards the earth, and it could be up to a group of renegade scientists to launch into space, destroy the projectile, and save the earth. While the team will likely be made up of a ragtag bunch of nuclear engineers, computer scientists, geologists, and Bruce Willis, there will undoubtedly be one spot left for an unspecified scientist. We believe that this spot should be filled by an experimental psychologist, and our final discussion will center on how you can hone your skills in order to fill that role. Although it may involve spending hours of each day pumping iron, learning how to pilot the space shuttle, or doing something even more difficult, like Latent Time Series Analysis, we will identify where you should attempt to enhance your CV in order to be chosen for this prestigious mission. After all, the most famous disaster film of all time, "Titanic", really happened. This might happen too. Remember: Your country and your fellow man is counting on you, so come to Happy Hour.