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Graduate School 101

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For me, being a graduate student is very different from being a undergrad student. Doors open that were closed before, funds become available, that did not exist before and you get more 1on1 time with  your favorite supervisor.

But being a grad student means not only you got a new job – you also got a new family (your research group). It’s a entirely new game and you need to know the rules if you want to be successful.

I personally found the grad skool rulz from to be most enlightening. It really gives you soem insights into the “doing research” business that are hard to get from the outside. Hopefully this will help you to take the right decisions during your grad student time.

Personally, I especially liked the parts about dissertation writing:

#11: What to do while you are working on the dissertation.

#12: Writing your dissertation, part 1.

#13: Writing your dissertation, part 2.

#14: Sorry, you can’t write your dissertation in 15 minutes a day.

Have fun reading and leave a comment if you found this information to be helpful! Also feel free to link to more ressources that you did find helpfull during your grad student time / writing your dissertation.

Written by Martin Metzmacher

June 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Dissertation: The allures of forbidden food

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We know that dieting often does not work. There are many theories why that is the case, and some people say that it actually does work, but not for everyone. However I believe that we do not know much about dieting, because we have been looking for information in the wrong place. Let’s put up the Behavioural Science goggles and look again!

Putting op the Behavioural Science Goggles and looking at dieting is exactly what Esther Papies did. She looked at dieting from a social-cognitive perspective and found very interesting results that relates dieting to goal conflict / goal activation. In a series of excellent experiments she explores which goals are active in successful and unsuccessful dieters and how these cognitive states can be created, in order to help people lose weight successfully.

Click the link to read (or download) the full dissertation:

by Esther K. Papies

I mostly share my own thoughts and ideas with you. However sometimes I come across people that shine so bright, I just can’t refrain from telling you all about their work. Ester Papies is one of those people. I listened to her talk at the ASPO 2008, where she received the ASPO Dissertation Price, and I really was amazed by her straight line of thinking. My congratulations again and I hope you enjoy her research.

Written by Martin Metzmacher

March 3, 2009 at 11:24 am