My experiment is producing results! I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say, so that’s all I’m going to say about the results. They exist. They’re there. We have done the study with some toddlers, and there are results now. Sorry if you were expecting something more conclusive. 🙁 Here’s a fun video of a baby and a persistent puppy to make up for it!
In other news, I took the GRE today! I switched my work schedule around so that I could take the entire day off to take it. Now that I’m finished, I couldn’t imagine going to work afterwards. That test was exhausting! My mental energy for the day is done! Thankfully, I’m pleased with my score and I’m not going to take the test again. I just unsubscribed from the GRE Question of the Day email, and it felt so good!
If you’re planning to take the GRE, I recommend this book. Be sure you use the online resources that go along with the book, too! I also downloaded the free GRE software, PowerPrep II, and took the practice tests provided there. The software is free and made by the GRE people, so you should take advantage of it!
When I returned home after the test, some lab friends were gracious enough to post a status for me on Facebook.
Note to self: always remember to log out of all accounts on the lab computers! But seriously, everyone in my lab has been so helpful and supportive of me and my project. I’m 100% sure that I could NOT have done it without them!
If you’re interested in baby research, here’s a link to a news article about a recent study… it turns out that dancing with a baby makes the baby more helpful! I heard about it on the radio, and I had to see for myself. Why didn’t I think of this study idea?! When the experimented bounced the 14-month-old baby in sync with music, the baby was more likely to pick up an object that the experimenter dropped. And yes, the article includes a video of the experiment. So the next time you need a baby to help you out, put on some music and dance first. #lifehacks
This week, I’ll be running the experiment with more participants, and then analyzing the resulting data. I’m also going to a luncheon with other URG recipients sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research!