This is the first time that I have ever "done genuine science", that is, the first time that I have designed and run an experiment and so I thought it might be interesting to post regular updates about the various stages of composing the final text that documents the empirical and analytical work I've done and any of my findings (or failures to find).
My background is in philosophy, and so moving to a more empirical mode of thinking has been a difficult transition. It's quite different, indeed, the most unexpectedly different and difficult part of doing empirical work has been realising just how much work - sweat and greasy elbows work - is required to actually design and run an experiment.
Some of the topics I want to deal with in the next 6 months are:
- Mental Rotation (what it is, neurobiologicial evidence for it, training it)
- Tetris (Expertise, training, any cognitive benefits)
- Situated/Embodied/Embedded Cognition
- Statistics (R, techniques, nightmares etc.)
- The software/typesetting system I'm using to compose the document (LyX and LaTeX)