From the LaunchPad

Welcome to The Launchpad, SoundRocket’s blog, where we share our insights and musings on the science of doing science (well), #soundscience.

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SoSciKu: Our method

SoSciKu: Our method

I was recently inspired by a website called The Sciku Project, which touts the “latest scientific discoveries in haiku form”.  I have always been fascinated by Haiku – the logical (but also illogical) structure imposed on language in the form of poetry.  The structure – 17 syllables in three groups of 5 – 7 – 5 syllables each.

Figured I would give it a try…

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Research Wonder: A Case for Respondent Pre-Survey Rituals?

Research Wonder: A Case for Respondent Pre-Survey Rituals?

A couple months ago, I listened to a podcast episode called “Sports Superstitions” on a wonderful podcast called Fearless Conversations with Abby Wambach (which, by the way, is a wonderful podcast on a variety of social issues from the perspective of a professional athlete). It brought back memories of long ago (high school) days when I used to pole vault. For a long time I blamed my youth for the rituals that I would perform before and during competition.  How I removed the pole from its cardboard tube, the number of times I rocked back and forth before I started down the runway (three), and even the side of the pit that I used to jump off after I completed a vault (always the left)… 

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My Favorite Social Science Podcasts

Has anyone else driven the long way to work just to catch a few minutes more of a really good podcast?  I know, I could just sit in my car in the parking lot and finish it there, but that just feels weird.  

Just a few years ago, I had not heard of podcasts…

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Guiding Principles at SoundRocket:  A Self-Assessment

Guiding Principles at SoundRocket: A Self-Assessment

Everyone has self-assessed at some point or another.  Be it something formal with a Myers & Briggs inventory or a chat with a trusted friend or family member – we are driven to search for who we are.  To some it comes easier than others.  While I have always loved to self-assess, I have generally been shy…

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