Home From Maine

My summer of research is officially over.   It was a good summer full of lots of new experiences.  I spent a lot of time in the lab and feel happy with the amount of work I got done.  The crazy hours and long days were worth it in the end.  I made some good progress with my project.  We were successful in producing and rearing twins.  I didn’t get as much growth data as I would have liked but I still have lots of data to analyze and I ended up working on projects I hadn’t planned on.  So I guess it all evened out.

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Trinity College Library

Went to Trinity College to get my readers card and visit their manuscript room. I did my homework and checked their website before, both for procedure and to explore their online catalogues. It turns out you have to go to the main library to get a readers card, and then the card lasts for a year and gets you access to the library’s books, including their manuscript collection. They don’t have all of their manuscripts online, but there are a fair amount available, either to read via transcript, or else listed by collection and/or topic/description. In my particular case all I could discover ahead of time via internet was that they had a manuscript that addressed 16th century Ireland, so when I emailed ahead to make an appointment, I requested that manuscript. Upon arriving at the library, I had to go to the main library first to get my readers card, then to the manuscript reading room to see the document in question. It was actually very exciting going to the manuscript room, because to get there I had to go through the Long Library. I don’t know if any of my readers are familiar with Trinity College Library, but the Long Library is where they keep Brian  Boru’s harp and various and sundry other articles of AWESOMENESS! I got to go right past the ropes that keep the tourists contained and continue down the stairs, up the elevator, and across the hall to the reading room. Once there, I was asked to leave my bag outside, taking in only my notebook and a pencil. The manuscript was brought out and placed on a foam holder, and weighted strings were brought over for me to use to hold the pages down. Because it was paper I wasn’t required to wear gloves. Once I was all set up, I had to try to make out what I was actually looking at– reading 16th century manuscripts is harder than one would suppose, even if they’re in English! Unfortunately, this particular manuscript didn’t have any bearing on my research, but it was still an amazing experience, and it was a great introduction into the world of manuscripts and scary prestigious libraries. 😀

A Better Understanding

In continuing my efforts to attribute works created by the New Chelsea Porcelain Company to Palin Thorley, I turned back to the Thorley Papers located in Swem.  This time, the target of my efforts were sketches contained within the papers.  John Austin had told me I may be able to find some valuable information among this portion of the papers, but he was unsure how applicable it would be to my search.

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Trace conditioning

For this post, I wanted to take time to elaborate some more on trace conditioning since some people had questions about how it assesses the declarative memory.

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Fond memories of Prague

I started this blog awhile ago and thought it still deserved posting:

Though I’ve already written about studying abroad in Prague, the trip is worth revisiting to explain one other way it introduced a new perspective.

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