Setting a pace

It’s hard to believe that over two whole weeks of summer research are already completed. The pace of the summer is certainly different than that of the academic term. Running multiple reactions and purifying them can be easily accomplished. Idleness, though, is not always inescapable. It’s always prudent to play your day beforehand, a point that my adviser has stressed to his students. A busy or malfunctioning instrument can make you rethink those characterizations you were intending to knock out, the column that needs to be done, etc.

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It’s about MAking a Change

Hi everyone! My name is Isaiah Thomas and I am working with professor Cheryl Dickter and other students on a psychology study about race and media. I posted about it earlier in May, but that was a long time ago, so I will do a recap. The purpose of the particular study I am working on is to determine whether or not providing individuating information in a media description of a suspected criminal would reduce negative perceptions of Black targets when the crime is violent, and thus consistent with Black stereotypes. Participants were asked to read either sympathetic or neutral descriptions of a violent crime where the suspect was either White or Black. They then answered questions about their perceptions of the criminal, and took tests that measured racial prejudice.

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The Beginning Stages: Reading, exploring, practicing- Post #2

The past two weeks my mind has been occupied not with my own brilliant ideas, but with the brilliant intellectual research contributions of my predecessors. As with any research project, especially to one relatively new to a lab, I have to learn all about the background information and the fundamental concepts surrounding my research project. This synthetic review of lab literature not only helps me understand the conceptual side of my research project, but it will undoubtedly keep me from making mistakes in my method and the execution of experiments testing my hypotheses.

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