Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Months Spent Applying for PhD - Not Getting Funding


From October 2021 to March 2022 I have been dedicated to applying for a PhD, specifically for one at York University with Dr. Fiona McNab as supervisor. The project was titled “Understanding the Limitations of Working Memory and the Role of Attention Using Games” and was intended to look into unique mechanisms found during distraction in delayed and maintenance conditions. The four studies in the project would have used games participants would play.

I secured a place, but regretfully did not get selected for the two studentships I applied for. I did not get short-listed for iGGi, however I did manage to get to the final interview with the departmental studentship, though there were only six places for the fourteen people interviewed and sadly I was not among the chosen six.

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

The Peterson Question


I think I was a bit old to get sucked into the Jordan Peterson cult of personality, thankfully. I’ve enjoyed his psychology lectures where he uses Disney as examples and I believe he helped get a lot of young men interested in the field. I think he was once a much needed voice of debate against certain people we are expected to blindly follow without question (ironic I know), but in recent times it has become clear he’s squarely sided with the right-wing and rather than engaging in intelligent debate he clearly has a political (mostly financial - anyone else notice his tour tickets are about £150?) agenda.