Author: jmcglinc

Over the past three to four years my academic interests have grown more and more broad. When I first entered Trinity College three years ago I was very interested in neuroscience and psychology, mainly focusing on the scientific aspect of the field. As I progressed through the years I became more interested in the philosophical aspects of cognition and how we define the mind. My courses have changed from mostly science-based classes to philosophy-based. I also am more interested in the clinical aspect of psychology too, having taken abnormal and clinical classes.
My first year at Trinity college, I did not get involved with nearly enough. I finally worked up the courage to join some clubs and now I am a a contributing member of six different clubs on campus. I am on the board for the psychology club, which is the first club I joined. The psychology club is responsible for getting speakers in to do common hour talks and holding events for stress release during finals. I also joined Pi Kappa Alpha for the ladies, of course, and my friend started the archery club, so I joined that because it sounded like fun to shoot some arrows around. Additionally I joined the Lions Club, a community service club, and also WRTC, the radio club. Having a radio show is the most fun thing I've done while at Trinity College. There is no other time I get to listen to my own music for an hour and a half and talk about whatever I want with my co host.
What I want to do after Trinity is a pretty stressful thing to think about. My interests do not directly relate that much to a career that is not a psychologist or something of that caliber. I'm interested in marketing too, so I have taken steps toward a career in marketing through internships and externships. I want to find a job that involves the things I'm passionate about, including multi media stuff.

Database vs. Search Engine

    1. I used WorldCat to find primary sources on this subject. I went into advanced search and entered “brainwash” into the keyword box, filled in the year range from 1950 to 1979, and specified the return to be just books. Trinity College has one book on the subject, The gravediggers, by Phyllis Schlafly. There were 3 pages of results form WorldCat compared to the ten pages that came from the Google results. In the advanced search for both databases, there are options to change the time frame that is searchable.
    2. I used WorldCat again because it provided sound sources the first time. I also used Google Scholar to find peer reviewed articles online that had to do with technology and cognition. In Google, I did an advanced search for technology + cognition, so that the terms had to both appear in the article, but not in an exact phrase, which yielded a fair amount of articles. For WorldCat I did an advanced search for articles with the keywords technology and cognition. Both data bases had fine results, but Google definitely yielded more relevant results than WorldCat.
    3. Erin should use Sociological Abstracts to find more articles on income inequality and race in America. Google can help offer suggestions of relevant terms to search to get additional information. The sources should all be reputable if you checked off the box that specified the return of peer-reviewed articles only. The terms I searched in Google were: race, “income inequality”, United States. The same thing was searched for in Sociological Abstracts to get similar results to the Google search.

Conducting Scholarly Research in Psychology

Two scholarly research databases that relate to my major are PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO. I consider them “scholarly” because they include articles from the APA and additional top journals.

I have a fair amount of experience using these two sites, as I must utilize their functions to find articles for my research. One article on affordances was found on PsycARTICLES by searching “affordances” and clicking “limit to peer-reviewed”. It’s easy to find relevant articles without using many keywords because it is relatively new of a topic. Citation:

Osiurak, F., & Badets, A. (2016). Tool Use and Affordance: Manipulation-Based Versus Reasoning-Based         Approaches.Psychological Review, doi:10.1037/rev0000027

Another article I found by searching for “affordances” AND “movement”. Citation:


Mon-Williams, M., & Bingham, G. P. (2011). Discovering affordances that determine the spatial structure of reach-to-grasp movements. Experimental Brain Research, 211(1), 145-160. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2659-2

I had to read through a few different article titles that included results from social affordances to judging spatial structure of reach-to-grasp objects. The advanced search function helps narrow down the results by offering more specific alleys of information, such as peer-reviewed, date published, certain authors, which words to include or leave out of a search, and population and age groups. I continued to refine my search results by adding AND “motor control” to the search bar at the top. This search yielded more relevant results like Affordance-based perception-action dynamics: A model of visually guided braking. by Harrison et al. The other results were not very relevant to my search, yielding affordances related to emotions and vision, as well as how things fit into different apertures.



Primary Source Finding

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  1. I found my article on PsychINFO.
  2. The authors of this article are Desmond Ong, Jamil Zaki, and Noah Goodman.
  3. The research is from 2015.
  4. The material that the research discusses is the abilities of humans to recognize the emotions of other people and comes up with theories of emotions using various statistics from a range of studies.
  5. When looking for primary research I looked for an article that displayed a new theory or idea and included concrete statistics from experiments of their own along with data from accompanying studies.

How do you evaluate information for a research assignment?

For this particular assignment I will be looking into the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. I found a blog that follows the events that transpired from said crisis called Flint Water Study Updates, which was launched by a research team from Virginia Tech. This research team dedicates their time to informing the public on the status of the water in Flint, as well as offering studies of the water and guiding citizens in their fight for a drastic policy change. This blog has EPA updates on the water, videos of congressional hearings, and testimonies from scientists and doctors. They also offer links to major studies concerning water contamination in the area, which is updated frequently. The group’s political bias does not matter in this situation because they are covering the unfolding events surrounding the atrocities committed to the innocent people of Flint. The works are from multiple authors, all accredited in some fashion, be it from an EPA study, or a peer reviewed article.

When I searched for “Flint water crisis” on Google News, I found only articles pertaining to the presidential candidates’ opinions of the issue. Most recent news was that Ted Cruz lifted the hold that HE PUT on the bill to solve the water crisis, probably because he thinks it might buy him a few more much-needed votes. Hillary addressed the issue by basically brushing it off in a suave, politician type of way saying there are a “lot of Flints” and she wants to help them all. Bernie Sanders has made it a big point of his campaign with “Never Again”. Sanders, a classic fighter for all things right and just in this world, adds this into his climate change agenda. This must be a win in the Democrats’ book, for it was the state legislation that ruined the water for Flint. Anyway, news sources are not great if one is looking for just facts or first person accounts of the situation. However, all news sources will be covering the candidates’ opinions of the issue with primaries being at hand. In closing, finding information is easier from a non-party-affiliated source like a blog or someone’s videos on YouTube instead of a major news source.

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