31 January 2011

One Experiment After Another

So I had a meeting with my adviser this past week. And it was good.

I conducted an experiment back around the final days of the previous semester, and the results were crunched and analyzed by two people (one of them were me, but in order to not be biased with the results, I had another rater to do the work, and we compared our notes). And as I hoped, the results were in line with my predictions. That is good. That means that there is another experiment in the works.

Yes boy and girls, this is the second experiment for my dissertation (I know, I have been talking about experiments in this blog ever since, but I have conducted several of them now but they were for other projects of mine). I am conducting another experiment that will be in the lab perhaps two weeks from now, and hopefully we get the next set of predicted results.

I also am the person presenting in the lab meeting next week. I need to update the rest of the group with respect to what I am doing.

Hmm, this semester just started and yet I am busy already. I have just submitted an amendment request for my protocol (this is the legal aspect of research, I need to do this so that the higher powers are assured that I am not violating the ethical principles of research, and so that they are assured that I am not injecting my participants with radioactive material). And at the same time, I am designing the set-up for yet another experiment (Experiment 3 hopefully). Things are on the drawing board, and sooner or later, I will have a package that is worthy of a dissertation.

What else is new? We are still waiting for comments from a person who is currently reading a couple of drafts that we wrote recently. This is for another project of mine that concerns yet another aspect of linguistic research, and we were hoping for someone to read it and give comments to it before we present it somewhere. Hopefully that happens soon.

A final thing, that I am supposed to be receiving a manuscript this weekend, and this is the manuscript of a paper that I am jointly writing with someone else. The manuscript should be written, except for the part that I am responsible for writing. Thus, yes, there are plenty of things on the table. And I am busy yet again.

But that isn't news, right?

(PeruRail, from my Sacred Valley Series)


  1. Hey!
    Qué bien que ya tu dissertation vaya por buen camino!
    Ojalá pronto vea la luz del día :)

    Quisiera aprovechar la ocasión para consultar algunas dudas que tengo respecto de las investigaciones experimentales (si es que no te molesta, claro)

    1. ¿Qué tan avanzada debe estar el diseño de los experimentos cuando se presenta el proyecto de dissertation?

    2. ¿Cuánto más o menos cambia el diseño de los experimentos entre el proyecto y la dissertation final?

    Yo me encuentro recién empezando a decidir el tipo de investigación que realizaré. Me atrae bastante la idea de realizar investigación experimental, pero me da un tanto de apremio trabajar con experimentos, laboratorios, personas. A veces pienso que sería mejor tratar de hacer algo con texto... uff qué difícil y estresante. En fin, tu opinión me ayudaría.

    Saludos y mucha suerte!!!

  2. Yes, you look VERY busy !
    But better busy than having nothing to do !

  3. Kami,

    Hello! Thank you! And no, I don't mind answering your questions at all.

    Regarding both of your questions, in my experience, the answer actually depends on what your adviser(s) want. And let me share my own experience.

    In my department (Linguistics), experimental design (and the dissertation idea, as a whole) don't need to be advanced enough when one introduces the dissertation proposal (what you call "draft"). The faculty actually tells the students that they need to defend the proposal, and the design of the project (including the experiments) can drastically change after that. That was my case. My proposal's first draft was significantly different from the version that I defended, and even now, the project is different from that. Because, as the research progresses, one might find things to remove, things to add, an experiment might fail, and so on. So in answer to your two questions, it depends on the authorities in your university.

    Actually, it differs even within universities. One of my committee members comes from Psychology (I have three committee members from Linguistics and one from Psychology), and in their department, it is different. Basically, the student pretty much designs and conducts the experiments even before defending the proposal, and the proposal defense is just a formality, showing the committee that these experiments have been done and why. The time between the proposal defense and the dissertation defense is short, but for Linguistics, it is long.

    I hope that answered your questions. In any case, don't hesitate to email me if you have any other questions you might want to ask!

  4. Sidney,

    Oh yes I totally agree. I'd rather be busy than just gallivant around!

  5. Thanks for answering my questions!!!