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Who Nose?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually posted anything about the Monell Chemical Senses Center on this blog, but basically it’s a group of scientists who specialize in research on taste and smell.

Anyway, the reason I’m bringing them up is because I was checking their website (as I do on occasion) and clicked on the “Research” tab at the top. Apparently they’re currently looking for congenital anosmics!

From the “Participate in Research” page:

“The Monell Chemical Senses Center is looking for volunteers who suffer from congenital anosmia and their related family members in order to study the genetic causes of this disorder. Eligible to adults (men and women) over the age of 18. Compensation is $15, given after the study is completed. Subjects will be asked to donate their DNA via a saliva sample. If eligible, individuals can request testing materials be sent to them directly.”

I might have to do this. It’d be super cool to be able to contribute to smell research in a small way.

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The Beauty of Non-Monotone Relationships

My graphs speak for themselves. They make me very happy. Also, they’re not supposed to be making weird patterns like they are, but it’s still cool.

Yes, this is my research.

The things you can learn from I/O research


So I finally finished my Stat 514 project.

Setup: suppose you’re a prospective employee being interviewed by an individual who will determine what your starting salary for the job is. What would you do to increase your odds of getting a higher salary offer?
We (Dr. Thorsteinson, Tanya and I) designed a study that involved participants reading a script between an employer and a prospective employee and were asked, after reading the script, what they as the employer would offer the employee as a salary. We looked at three different types of anchoring methods that could lead to a higher offer than if there was no anchor offered. An “anchor” is an irrelevant or random number offered in some situation off of which other people tend to reference. For example, if I gave you a jar full of pennies and asked you how many pennies were in it, you might give me any number of answers. But if I said, “I think there are about 400 pennies in here, what about you?” your guess would be somewhere around 400.

Here were our three scenarios used to compare to a control scenario in which no anchoring number was offered:
1) Irrelevant number: the prospective employee mentions some unrelated number, like the number of employees at his last job.
2) Relevant number: the prospective employee mentions a dollar figure, like a previous salary.
3) Joking comment: the prospective employee jokes that he’d like a very large salary, like $1 million.

So what was the conclusion?

The joking comment significantly increased the offered salary over that offered in the control. The relevant number also significantly increased the offered salary, but not as much as the joking comment.

So when you’re getting interviewed and are asked what you’d like your salary to be, be sure to jokingly ask for $1 million.

Status Upgrade!

I now have the official title of “researcher” on Sona Systems (the psychology experiment sign-up system for psychology majors/minors and communication studies people). This is for my 499 I/O research class. So far, I get to code data (which is freaking awesome, in my opinion) and sit around for two hours a week and log psych students onto the computers to do experiment credits and subsequently give them said credits.

I’m freaking excited. Plus, if we do further research, it could possibly get published in the future!