Research days 20-25 (2-6th aug)

busy week!

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It's been a busy week!

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I:

  • continued to work on the failed trials - these are taking a lot longer as they're longer in length so, I'm averaging 4-5 a day
  • drafted my data plans in preparation for my data meeting on Thursday! I had 9 to do plus some descriptive graph sketches. Stats isn't my strongest point so they took me a while to make sure I'd got them correct and a lot of checking! I don't think they're perfect but I tried my best by going over my first and second year uni notes. These plans include the research questions and what stats test I'm going to perform for each of these questions and how to structure the data. I feel like doing this for my own project has given me experience of stats in a real life research setting!

On Thursday:

  • I had my Laidlaw's scholar coaching meeting - I found this valuable for talking through my strengths and weaknesses and how I can work on these across the programme. We also discussed how I feel my project is going, how I would improve it if I could and what I think is going well. I noted how I was really proud of the coding scheme I made and my organisation but I said if I could edit anything I would make stronger instructions for my coding scheme to help with any irregularities or any confusion over events.
  • I attended a lab group meeting - this was really interesting to see what future work the lab group is working on!
  • I coded more failed trials
  • I also had my data meeting with my supervisor. I'm really happy with how my drafts plans went and my supervisors comments were so helpful. I feel a lot less nervous about doing the stats now. I'm going to rewrite the plans up next week and me and my supervisor will have a final meeting next friday to just check everything over before I do the stats!

And then finally on Friday:

  • I coded some more failed trials
  • I did some more research on lab based attention directing maternal strategies for my presentation for the lab group in just over a week!

I'm definetly for a break over the weekend! Next week I need to

  • finish coding the remaining trials (or however many I can get done)
  • finalise my data plans
  • research more into lab based attention directing strategies
  • plan my presentation for the lab group!

I've just planned what I want to get done by what day next week so hopefully by Friday it will all start to be coming together!

Ellen Lavender

Scholar, University of York

I'm a 2nd year psychology MSci student specialising in developmental disorders. My project focuses around the development attention in infants and if certain maternal strategies scaffold joint attention and how this varies cross culturally in the UK and Uganda.

I'm really excited for the Laidlaw programme by building my confidence through the leadership programme and exploring my passion for research further!