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The Shallows (2010) Nicholas Carr. Summary of Chapter Three: Tools of the Mind

Nicholas Carr argues that intellectual technologies have been crucial for the development of modern science and civilization. Continue reading

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The Vital Paths, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr: Summary of Chapter 2

This is my summary of chapter two of The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we read, think and remember, by Nicholas Carr. (For my summary of chapter 1, please click here!) Friedrich Nietzsche suffered from severe health … Continue reading

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The Shallows by Nicholas Carr:  How the internet is changing the way think. A summary of chapter 1

This is my summary of chapter one of The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we read, think and remember, by Nicholas Carr. Carr has an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, is remapping the neural circuitry in … Continue reading

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A-level sociology numbers on the rise

More people took A-level sociology in 2017 than in any of the previous 15 years. According to figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), a total of 34.007 took A-level sociology in 2017, compared to a total of 22, 720 … Continue reading

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Man Disconnected

Amid shifting social, economic and technological climates, young men are getting left behind, at least according to Philip Zimbardo and Nikita D. Coulombe in their 2015 book ‘Man Disconnected: How the Digital Age is Changing Young Men Forever‘. The two … Continue reading

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Validity in Social Research

Validity refers to the extent to which an indicator (or set of indicators) really measure the concept under investigation. This post outlines five ways in which sociologists and psychologists might determine how valid their indicators are: face validity, concurrent validity, convergent validity, construct validity, and predictive validity.  Continue reading

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Good Resources for Teaching and Learning Research Methods

Being able to choose appropriate research methods and executing those methods effectively are absolutely essential if we are to collect valid, reliable and representative data, and below I present some links to some of the best resources which enable us … Continue reading

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Experiments in Sociology – Revision Notes

Definitions, key features and the theoretical, practical and ethical strengths and limitations of laboratory and field experiments applied to sociology (and psychology). Also covers key terms related to experiments Experiments – The Basics: Definitions/ Key Features Experiments aim to measure … Continue reading

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Milgram’s Obedience Experiment – Strengths and Limitations

Milgram’s obedience experiment is one of the most useful examples to illustrate the strengths and limitations of laboratory experiments in psychology/ sociology, as well as revealing the punishingly depressing findings that people are remarkably passive in the face of authority… This post outlines … Continue reading

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Age of Absurdity – Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy

Michael Foley: The Age of Absurdity – Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to Be Happy (2010) Most of what modern society tells you about how to be happy is wrong – at least according to a wealth of psychological … Continue reading

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