Thing 9: Wikipedia
I must admit (quietly, while mumbling into a corner) that I love Wikipedia! Of course I know that it’s not 100% accurate but neither are newspapers and it’s still acceptable to look for information there!
Wikipedia is usually my go to place for day to day information needs. I wouldn’t usually rely solely on it but then I usually cross reference most things. I love how pretty much anything you want to know is available and how generally the articles are well referenced and match up to other information indicating that they’re factually accurate.
As encouraged as part of Thing 9 I looked for information for some of the things I know about, although I’m no expert. I had a look at Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Nothing stood out as clearly inaccurate although a sentence bashing IAPT for providing what they said was poor quality therapy stung and although it came with 2 references I’m suspicious that this statement might not fully abide with rule 9 (write neutrally and with due weight) of the Ten Simple Rules for editing Wikipedia. Perhaps some editing is needed.
Thing 10: Exploring Images Online
I had actually used some of the sites/apps for this one! Whooo! I’ve loved Pinterest for years now for pinning boards of tasty looking food, home decoration ideas and pretty party decorations. I had locked it down further earlier on in the 23 Things programme when I googles myself and my boards came up.
I’ve also recently started to use Instagram after I had wanted to share pictures from an extended holiday that my boyfriend and I took before I started the DClinPsych course.
So I have focused on Flickr.
I have signed up but I’m yet to share any photos as I’m not sure I have many interesting ones. I’ll have to try to take some. I thought it would be useful for photos for this blog page as currently I just have the existing ones that came with the automatic set up and I was wondering how to get hold of some psychology or neurobiology related ones. I haven’t yet worked out how to attribute a photo to the author with a link to the license as it says I must so I’ve stuck with the ones under ‘no known copyright restrictions’ which are mainly old ones but still pretty cool.
Thing 11: Finding Presentations and Podcasts
Again this section isn’t so unfamiliar to me as some of the topics covered in the previous weeks. I’ve recently got into Tedtalks and I’ve been bingeing on podcasts including their radio-hour while I’m on the bus to and from my placement. I’ve also previously been a fan of Futurelearn and have signed up to courses with them before.
I had a look at TedTalks as I’ve only used this through downloading podcasts and thought I might see some different stuff on the actual website. From listening to TedTalks I’ve found it helpful just to listen no matter the topic because the title doesn’t always tell me whether it would be interesting to me or not (pretty much everything was interesting though). The website is therefore quite overwhelming because there are soooo many talks! But that’s also exciting! 🙂 I love the tempo of the TedTalk presentations and how they structure the information that they give to keep your attention. Hopefully I can use some of that when giving presentations myself.
Slideshare, Note & Point and Speaker Deck:
All of these seemed to do similar things; share presentations in an animated powerpoint form. There are lots to read and investigate here but I didn’t find it as engaging as Tedtalks, possibly because it’s not as easy to integrate into my life as the audio only compatible Tedtalks.
So how does all of this fit into research?
Well I guess now we know more about where to get hold of some interesting information that might help us in our research subjects but maybe also just help us to relax and chill out or develop other skills and knowledge. Also, as we continue on our Doctorate courses we’re going to become experts in certain areas and will be able to contribute to things like wikipedia (some people may have the knowledge and/or confidence to do this already) so it’s good to know about the rules about doing this. We may even contribute to Tedtalks in the future and certainly will give presentations in other formats so thinking about how to share this information as well as how others do it and where to get added extras like photos will be useful.