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About Paul J. Silvia
Paul J. Silvia is the Lucy Spinks Keker Excellence Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has worked since 2002. He conducts research on the psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts. Recent work explores the neuroscience of creative thought, the experience of "inner music," and when people find art interesting, intriguing, and awe-inspiring.
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All academics need to write, but many struggle to finish their dissertations, articles, books, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. How can we write it all while still having a life?
In this second edition of his popular guidebook, Paul Silvia offers fresh advice to help you overcome barriers to writing and use your time more productively. After addressing some common excuses and bad habits, he provides practical strategies to motivate students, professors, researchers, and other academics to become better and more prolific writers. Silvia draws from his own experience in psychology to explain how to write, submit, and revise academic work, from journal articles to books, all without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. The tips and strategies in this second edition have been updated to apply to academic writing in most disciplines. Also new to this edition is a chapter on writing grant and fellowship proposals.
Your academic writing will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers sage and witty advice on problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style for your article; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. This book is for anyone writing an empirical article in APA Style, from beginners facing their first article to old dogs looking for new writing strategies.
Readable and amusing, the book shows, step-by-step, how to plan and organize your academic writing
Uses real-world examples to illustrate how to improve writing style and write better articles
All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule.
In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul J. Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles; how to improve writing quality; and how to write and publish academic work.
How accessible is your online class? Using universal design as a framework, this brief e-book gives busy instructors and course designers practical tips for making their online courses more accessible. It covers topics ranging from developing good text; working with images, video, audio, and slides; avoiding common problems with colors, lists, and tables; and designing assignments and giving feedback. With a bit of planning, instructors can widen the ways that students can engage with the course and reduce the need for last-minute, on-the-fly modifications.
Paul J. Silvia is the author of many books, including How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing and Exploring the Psychology of Interest. He is currently the Lucy Spinks Excellence Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he has worked since 2002. His online teaching is primarily introductory general-education courses.
Whether you are working with existing data or generating your own, sampling is a deceptively complicated and anxiety-inducing process especially when participants are people. Pressured by the usual limitations on time, access, and resources, you can panic at the thought that sampling involves theory and calculations and make snap decisions that usually lead to convenience sampling and ultimately, weak research claims. This Fix takes the panic out of sampling designs and helps you understand what sampling is, how it applies to different types of situations, and how to decide what approach works best for your project so you can maximize the impact of your research. It covers questions like:
· What is sampling?
· What is my population?
· Should I use probability sampling?
· Should I use subjective, non-probability sampling?
· How do I sample from ill-defined, hard-to-reach, and wary populations?
· How can I sample people ethically?
· How can I reduce error and bias in sampling?
· How large should my sample be?
This practical, beginner-friendly book teaches readers how to do daily life research, which is the study of what people do in their ordinary environments in their everyday lives.
The basic approach is to collect data intensively over time, at least once a day for many days, in people’s natural environments rather than in research labs. Common methods include daily diaries, experience sampling, and ecological momentary assessment. Collectively, these methods trade off the control and precision of the lab for the texture, depth, and realism of the real world.
The book walks readers through the entire process of the research project, including first selecting a design and developing survey items, then collecting and cleaning data, and finally analyzing and disseminating the findings.
With example studies pulled from all areas of psychology, the book will provide students with the conceptual foundation and practical knowledge needed to examine psychological processes “up close” in ways that experimental and survey methods can’t.
More students are majoring in psychology than ever before—over 85,000 students graduate with psychology degrees each year—so competition for grad-school spots and good jobs is fierce. What are you doing to stand out from the other hundreds of thousands of psychology majors? If a good GPA is all you have to show for your years in college, you may be in trouble.
To go beyond the minimum, students could (and should) get involved in research, develop their scientific writing skills, attend conferences, join clubs and professional organizations, build a library of professional books, and present their research. By getting out of the classroom and actively participating in the real world of psychology, students can build skills that will prepare them for the competitive realms of graduate school and the workforce.
Written in a lighthearted and humorous tone, this book shows both grad-school bound and career-bound students how to seek out and make the most of these opportunities.
Public Speaking for Psychologists is a practical and lighthearted guide to planning, designing, and delivering a presentation. The first half of the book covers the nuts-and-bolts of public speaking: preparing a talk, submitting an abstract, developing your slides, managing anxiety, handling questions, and preventing public-speaking disasters. The second half applies these tips to common presentations, such as research talks, poster presentations, job talks, and talks to lay audiences. Throughout the book, the authors—both experienced presenters—offer realistic advice, useful tips, and humorous stories of embarrassing mistakes they'll never make again.
Self-Awareness & Causal Attribution: A Dual-Systems Theory presents a new theory of how self-awareness affects thought, feeling, and action. Based on experimental social-psychological research, the authors describe how several interacting cognitive systems determine the links between self-awareness and organized activity. This theory addresses when people become self-focused, how people internalize and change personal standards, when people approach or avoid troubling situations, and the nature of self-evaluation. Special emphasis is given to causal attribution, the process of perceiving causality.
Self-Awareness & Causal Attribution will be useful to social, clinical, and personality psychologists, as well as to anyone interested in how the self relates to motivation and emotion.