2017 Update #1

Oops, way past pay-day. I promised to give a brief overview of what the taxpayer is getting for her/his money that goes to my salary every month, so here goes:

Well, January was a bit of a rough start. I mean, doing science is a pretty hard job, requires quite a bit of focus, and it doesn’t really help if your daily newsfeed reads like the prologue of a postapocalyptic thriller. Add to that a stupid accident (I slipped on the ice chasing the dog a couple of weeks ago, fell on my butt, and developed sciatica as a result – the joys of getting older),  and things don’t go as smooth as planned. But let’s put that aside, shall we?

My tiny Department of Weird Shit is actually doing pretty well. We got a Bial grant in for some pretty controversial TMS work, a small faculty grant which we will partly use for a pre-registered replication of our anomalous EEG decoding-the-future work, and last but not least, just this week we got a small grant to finally do some true serious work on the notorious feel good formula! The research teams for these projects have been assembled, and we’re starting the actual testing later this month. So, exciting times ahead! Let’s hope no nukes will inadvertently drop on our heads, and stuff will be awesome (all the more because my wife passed her exams for datamanager, and now has a permament contract, yay!)

Moreover, first draft of a paper on the perils of open data sharing is now with the co-authors, and a paper on single trial analysis of EEG data is nearing completion. Hopefully that’ll be in next month’s update. Over the next couple of weeks I am in the luxurious position of not having to teach (too much), so I am really hoping for some progress.

Will keep you posted. Until next month!