Marginally Significant

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

21 episodes of Marginally Significant since the first episode, which aired on March 7th, 2019.

  • Is our research important?

    May 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 28 mins
    academia, psychology, research, science

    In this episode we give some updates on quarantine life and how we're coping. We then share our thoughts on a recent twitter post on whether our research is important. In the last segment, we discuss a 2016 paper by Roy Baumeister on how psychology should move forward in light of the open science movement.

  • Quarantine in Academia

    April 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    academia, higher education, psychology, quarantine

    How has quarantine affected us as academics? What's quarantine like for our personal lives? How are we handling the rest of the semester with the transition to online? We answer these questions (while maybe getting a little distracted) in our first-ever Zoom episode!

  • Should we clean out the file drawer?

    January 31st, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Cleaning out the file drawer is an idea that has been floating around on twitter, but is it feasible? What does it mean for past studies? Is there a way in which we could get a sense of how many studies are in file drawers? Also, we discuss writing letters of recommendation and how we evaluate the ones we read.

  • On the Market

    November 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Many people are on the academic job market right now. In this episode, we discuss our experiences being on the market, tips for success at a wide variety of universities, and our thoughts now that we've been on hiring committees.

  • Judging People

    October 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    We are often required to judge people, whether it is students applying for graduate programs or faculty members going up for tenure. In this episode, we talk about two forms of evaluations: GRE scores and student evaluations of teaching.

  • Are Grants Worth It?

    September 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 secs

    Is it worth the time and effort to apply for grants when only a small percentage are funded? A recent paper suggests grant competitions are not worth it. We weigh in on our thoughts about the paper as well as grant funding, in general.

  • Diversity in Open Science

    August 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Is open science open to everyone? Are there potential costs to engaging in open science practices? Should diversity be a core value of open science?

  • We Need More Power

    August 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Having larger sample sizes is certainly a good thing, but this emphasis is likely to impact certain people and research areas more than others. In this episode, we discuss whether this is an issue for the field. We also talk about whether we've gone far enough.

  • Who are Conferences Good For?

    July 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    Most academics go to conferences, but who are they good for? Are there disparities in who can attend and who benefits from conferences? In this episode, we talk about one potential factor contributing to disparities--differences in travel funding available at different universities.

  • Let's Collaborate

    July 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    Collaborations are the norm, but can sometimes be a challenge. In this episode, we discuss issues we've had and ways we've dealt with collaborating with faculty members, students, and previous advisors.

  • Acolytes of Knowledge and Truth

    June 13th, 2019  |  51 mins 7 secs

    As professors, we often serve in many different roles: teacher, researcher, mentor, administrator, program director. With so many jobs, how do we define ourselves? With which role do we most identify? In this episode, we talk about our academic identities.

  • Intellectual Clones

    May 31st, 2019  |  56 mins 52 secs

    How do we mentor and train graduate students so we don't simply churn out intellectual clones? How do we help students with mental health issues? In this episode, we talk about our mentoring philosophies and experiences.

  • Trust the Statisticians

    May 11th, 2019  |  59 mins 26 secs

    Research designs and the required statistical analyses are getting more and more complicated. Does the lead researcher have an obligation to know how to run, interpret, and describe the analyses in their research projects?

  • The Evolution of "Just-So" Stories

    May 4th, 2019  |  48 mins 38 secs

    Evolutionary Psychology has been criticized as simply generating "just-so" stories—plausible explanations that lack evidence. In this episode, Chris expertly defends evolutionary psychology while Smith and Monroe inexpertly criticize it.

  • My Explicit Attitude against Implicit Attitudes

    April 21st, 2019  |  53 mins

    Are implicit and explicit attitudes separate constructs, or are implicit and explicit measures simply different ways to measure the same construct?

  • What are Lab Meetings Good For?

    April 13th, 2019  |  50 mins 26 secs

    Can lab meetings be used for more than just discussions of our research? In this episode, we talk about what we do in our lab meeting, but also what we could be doing to enhance the learning experience for our students.