Archives for the ‘Research’ Category

La memoria histórica right outside of Madrid

By • Nov 13th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After a quick four days in Torremocha de Jarama, I still cannot believe I was there, let alone that I am now back at William and Mary. It was a whirlwind of a trip, and I am glad to be writing this because everything happened so fast that I have yet to get a chance to […]

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Coding Criteria

By • Nov 12th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

During the month of October, I really buckled down when it came to coding, and I successfully completed four out of the five of my interviews I am planning on using. As I’ve been coding, I’ve realized that it is essential that I create some kind of “coding guidelines” to make sure that my classifications…
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Embracing the unexpected

By • Nov 6th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in doing research these past months is that some of the most significant research discoveries come from things that you least expect. Instead of chalking up the new twists and turns in my research to “luck,” I’m coming to realize that I need to tap into even…
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Belated October Update

By • Nov 6th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello all! Please excuse the delayed update for October. The month flew by with lots of experiments working towards finishing up a paper by the end of the semester. As per usual, I had lots of timepoints (and therefore a few weekends in lab). I was able to run some experiments comparing various types of…
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Why Should We Believe that Egoism is Self-Effacing?

By • Nov 5th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Collective action dilemmas have always presented a problem for theories of rationality, but they seem to present a much greater problem for ethical egoism. The existence of collective action dilemmas shows that the actions which self-interest theories of rationality claim are justified lead to disastrous consequences when generalized, but the problem is worse for ethical…
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Preparing for a Research Experiment at VIMS

By • Nov 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Next week, I begin my research experiment, and it has been nothing sort of a rollercoaster journey getting there. It began last year when I started volunteering at VIMS, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. My mentor, Juliette, has spent the last few years looking at the transmission and evolution of a particular virus found […]

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Emotion Expression – November Blog Post

By • Nov 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Danny McNeil November Blog Post Emotion Expression   One of the measures I am using for my thesis is called the Emotion Expression Scale for Children (EESC; Penza-Clyve & Zeman, 2002). This measure has two subscales. The first subscale assesses reluctance to express emotions (e.g., “When I’m sad, I try not to show it”). The…
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Honors Post 7: Data Munging

By • Oct 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As within DNA a frame shift error can have large and often detrimental effects on a data table. I experienced this first hand at the beginning of the month when I incorrectly entered data and spent time analyzing it. Needless to say, this error resulted in some strange trends in the data. As modelers say:…
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October

By • Oct 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the year progresses I have been working on analyzing my data. This involves reading articles on my subject matter as well as writing ethnographic vignettes. The vignettes have been immensely helpful when I have been working through some of the concepts in my project. They allow me to recreate a scene from my research…
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October Update (Happy Halloween!)

By • Oct 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Data collection this month has been very slow moving, but I am still pleased with my progress overall. While recruiting participants in October has been the most difficult yet, I took the additional time this month to finish drafting both my introduction and methods sections. Although the thought of beginning to write my thesis was…
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