E-Prime and OpenSesame courses

Will you be designing and conducting experiments as part of your research? If so, you’ll probably find yourself using either E-Prime or OpenSesame. Courses on these software packages are going to be held next week on Feb 19th and Feb 20th, respectively. They’ll last from 14:10 to 17:10 in room 4.02 in Appleton Tower. If you’re interested in attending, make sure to contact Chris Gillespie (e-mail address after the link) with your name and student number.

Advanced Writing for Quantitative Research (4 hours)

Students talking in a restaurant

The first PPLS Writing Centre Honours workshop series in 2019 will be Advanced Writing for Quantitative Research by Fang Yang.  It will involve two 2-hour workshop sessions designed to show you how to write longer quantitative essays with introduction, methods, results and discussion sections.  This workshop was developed with the guidance of academic staff and tutors, and will include activities throughout.  There will also be examples of real student writing submitted in previous years. The workshop sessions will be of most use to Honours students in psychology and linguistics, but anyone taking a course or writing a dissertation in PPLS is welcome to attend.

If you’re interested, please sign up as soon as possible: https://writingcentre.ppls.ed.ac.uk/workshops/

An interview with Alasdair Richmond

Alasdair Richmond teaches in “Philosophy of Science 1“, “Philosophy of Time Travel“, and “Metaphysics“. He also sat on the founding board of the PPLS Writing Centre.

What led you to get involved with the writing centre?

Alasdair Richmond

I thought it was a good idea that there should be some supportive but non-legislative guidance.  I thought that a bit of advice from people who have marked a lot of essays but probably have written a few essays of that type might not come amiss.  Whereas medical doctors, presumably, have to treat a lot of conditions for which they have never been in the first-person perspective, we all of us have a first-person perspective to bring to bear on what it’s like to write essays as well as to mark them. 

What was your experience like as an undergraduate?  Did you enjoy writing?

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