Dear academics who use online questionnaires in your research: help me understand how you get those questionnaires online and go about using them. I want to help make them better. [more inside]
Hey, my spring term is almost over, and its been kind of brutal! But I rewatched Real Genius last night and am feeling pretty okay about things again. What are some similar movies I can stockpile for future terms? Setting should be university, or maybe something post-university with a research/impossible-thing-to-build-but-hey-they-build-it-anyway angle.
Trying to track down a research paper involving homosexuality and identity. Or something. [more inside]
So I'm trying to figure out who I would hire - theoretically - to do an index or census of a personal life. I want someone who would be able to look at a life (with consent) to study it. The person would follow a subject around to determine core friends/family/contacts on a daily basis and then do research based on relationships. Then they'd objectively drill down into some key data points. - How many of the people in my life up to one relationship away (aka my brother's good friends) are married or single and for how long - How many of my past relationships are single/married and for how long Beyond that maybe some polling on specific questions about the subject from those people. So who am I looking for here? Is it a Private Investigator? A sociologist? A statistician? A life coach? Is there someone in an "I Heart Huckabees" way that you hire to do this sort of thing? Is this already a job or service someone provides and I don't know the name?
I want to know what typical ideas of typical teachers the public has. [more inside]
Over on reddit, a commenter said that they once read a "social science study" which showed that people are more likely to rally in support of a cause when there's a common enemy to hate. It supposedly showed how when people were given the opportunity to unite and campaign for a positive cause, they showed little interest; but that the presence of a hostil opponent motivated the group to unite and rally against it. Can anyone think of a study along those lines?
Looking for a descriptive and short name for a blog about university study. Save me from bad puns and opaque acronyms! [more inside]
PhD students: Where, when and how do you study? [more inside]
Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
What micro-subject should I tackle next? [more inside]
Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
I'm looking for a certain study online, or just an abstract. Scientists at a British (?) university apparently did a study years ago that revealed -- news flash! -- that cookies and milk are a good combination. [more inside]
How can a layperson find out if a study has been discredited, or else disputed? [more inside]
Studying in Germany Filter: I want to get a PhD in materials science at a German university, hopefully starting in 2011. Please help me get started figuring this out! [more inside]
MBA-filter: are there any recent studies about the impact of earning an MBA on career success? [more inside]
I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education. Thanks.
Recent study showing that the person in a group who talks most is judged most knowledgeable by other members of the group. I read an article about this somewhere on the Web within the last three weeks, and now I can't find it again. Can you help?
Are there any respected PhD (or advanced research) programs offered from anywhere in the world that can be undertaken outside the country of the University that is offering it? [more inside]
Does anybody know how to get demographic information on who is (or has been) starting non-profits? [more inside]
What does "longitudinal prediction" mean? And more generally, where can I find an online glossary of such terms related to research statistics? [more inside]
What are the challenges that independent filmmakers + people working in the industry (actors, crew, etc) face today? What tools do you use currently for the different stages of your production? What do you like about them, what do you wish for? [more inside]
Can anyone point me to the study in which the main takeaway was, "Don't just read the text off of your powerpoint slides because it hurts audience comprehension"? [more inside]
Our research study requires subjects to respond to surveys administered at random intervals over the course of several months. We'll need to distribute some sort of hand held device. What's cheap, programmable, and mobile? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good research/study/outlining software that assists your writing? Either freeware or paid. Basically I mean software that alows you to collate ideas and notes as you read, as well as lets you do outlining - all this in preparation for writing a report or paper or essay. [more inside]
I need to find a good spot to study. I like libraries, particularly of the academic sort. What's the most congenial library in the Baltimore, MD area? [more inside]
Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?
I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a simple and free application that will allow me to set up an online diary study? [more inside]