Monday morning 9am…

Here again.  Pile of papers to be sorted currently stands at around 3 inches…2 hours…here goes…OK after email to music psychology group about colloquium on 30 April…here goes…and it’s 9:20…pm, not am…still about 2.75 inches of papers to input.  Thank goodness tomorrow is a new day.


Saturday morning…

Yes, it is 8:27 Saturday morning and I am sitting at my laptop in my space at the con.  Kettle is boiling.  Rehearsal this afternoon for Britten’s War Requiem, so why not come in and do the work I planned to do on Thursday this morning?  It’s not like it is a nice sunny autumn day outside…which is why I shall shortly take my pot of tea and laptop and adjourn to the deck.  No, we don’t have a deck attached to the student offices, though that would be very nice.  We don’t even have a window, save the goldfish bowl one that leads directly to the staff photocopier in the hall.  But I know where the deck is and this morning it shall be mine.

I have arrived, teapot, farmer’s market cheese plunder, and all.  I feel quite victorious, having survived the jealous gazes from the parents as I hurried along the hall with a pot of tea as sat and waited for their children.  I know it’s the tea and not the work they wanted, though.  So, here’s to it.  (And I have to say that cheese plunder is even more fabulous fresh than it is after it has laid around forgotten for a few days and is slightly iffy – well done, King of Bread!)

This morning’s task?  Notating the physical papers  for my sys lit review and matching them in NVivo, EndNote, and the word doc.

Adachi and Trehub, 2011; Custodero, Britto, & Xin, 2002; Hallam, 2010; de Vries, 2009; Hallam, 2010; Custodero et al, 2003; Anvari, Trainor, Woodside, and Levy, 2002…

Empirical – that was the word that has been on the tip of my tongue all morning!

Just finished rehearsals of the Britten War Requiem, the real purpose for my visit to the Con today.  Nearly time to go home.  Still have about 3 inches of papers to input.  Enthusiasm, enthusiasm, I’ve got lots of enthusiasm…no, I really don’t.  How long do you think it will take to finish?   I think, without distraction 2 hours.  Since I get distracted by birds flying past the window, this could be a major event. I will let you know how it goes.




Grand plans gone awry…

So…big plans to input papers into NVivo.  Papers are at home.  I am here.  Freud would have a lot to say about this, indubitably.  It’s not like I don’t have enough to do without the papers, but that was the plan, and here I sit – all dressed up and nowhere to go.

On to plan B.  EndNote search.  I took all of my physical papers home for sorting.  Wait, opening the filing cabinet reveals that this is not at all correct.  And we have Baddeley’s 2003 paper on working memory and language and a paper on speech v. singing courtesy of Diana Deutsch.  

OK – so the plan is not to reread research, but to write, but now I have a pot of tea.  5-minutes.  Time me.

Baddeley, A (2003).  Working memory and language: an overview, Journal of Communication Disorders, 36. 189-207.  Discusses multi-component working memory framed by the tripartite model from his 1974 book authored with Graham Hitch.  ‘Their data indicated that there was indeed progressive impairment as the concurrent digit load was increased, but the effect was far from dramatic.’ – remember this, it is important.  

In undergrad psych, we were told Baddeley and Hitch found there was no interference between the operation of visual short term memory and auditory short term memory, as if there were two completely separate systems.  If this were true, you could be watching the road while you drive and listening to a conversation and be fully aware and attentive to both tasks.  Research indicates that people turn down the radio when they need to focus on driving.  Attention is the big ticket item here.

And pay attention is what I need to do…starting right….now…..