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  1. We all know that placement into academic positions is highly competitive, much like most of the job market in general. Ultimately, my goal is to end up at a university where I can continue to conduct research and teach. I have been told that getting a job at a R1 institution is statistically unlikely and that you would have to dedicate 60 hours a week alone on research as a graduate student (this time would not include reading, classes, meetings, etc. according to the person who told me this). Are these realistic claims? What is the reality around R1 jobs outside of the fact that they are
  2. Thank you for the replies. Do either of you have any advice for getting feedback from an advisor? My advisor has told me to send sections of the draft (i.e., intro, results, discussion) as I write them. However, they have never read or provided feedback on any of these drafts (I've send the results twice and the intro once). From my understanding, an advisor is suppose to read and provide feedback on drafts but that is something that I am not getting. Thank you again!
  3. Hello! I am a going into my second year as a PhD student in Cog Psyc. I have been working on two papers that I am the first author on. What is the typical experience for one's first publication as first author with their advisor? What is the typically workload break down? To what extent is/should the advisor be involved? Also, I know this is relative to the individual. I am speaking generally and more along the lines of what is typical. Any feedback would be wonderful! Thank you so much for your time. Be well, -SC
  4. Thanks NK! Chunking/clustering is an interesting point that I am aware of but hadn't thought about in relation to my work! Hopefully I"ll get to talk more with my peers in the fall when things try to go back to normal. Unfortunately, my PI switched to this area of research recently, so they are very new to the area which makes it hard to discuss in depth.
  5. Hello! I am a first year phd student in a Cog Psyc program. I know this isn't in the biology department, but humans are biological beings so I thought that gaining some insight from some biology grads would be very valuable. My research focus is in the area of ensemble perception -- which is our visual systems amazing ability to accurately and efficiently compute the mean of a set of similar objects. For example, if you are presented with a display of circles varying in size and asked what the average size of the circles are, you will estimate the mean very accurately! This is also referred to
  6. Do you mean that it is easier to overestimate similarities because we notice differences more than we do when things are similar? I think that could be possible. One thing that I have been thinking about is that we overestimate things that are more similar so that we are able to notices those subtle differences. For example, imagine that you are in the rainforest where there are various shades of greens and browns, meaning that there would be a lot of variability in the colors of greens and browns. It would be more advantageous if you were able to overestimate the variability in greens when th
  7. Hello! I am a first year phd student in a Cog Psyc program. My research focus is in the area of ensemble perception -- which is our visual systems amazing ability to accurately and efficiently compute the mean of a set of similar objects. For example, if you are presented with a display of circles varying in size and asked what the average size of the circles are, you will estimate the mean very accurately! This is also referred to as summary statistics. My research focuses on the perception of variability. Through a series of experiments where I present a sequential set of 9 objects (di
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