Back in the IFS Classroom

by theaudioprof on August 10, 2019

After taking many years off, I am glad to have returned to the Intensive Freshman Seminar program here at IU. This is one of the several ways I’m aware of that IU tries to make a very large student body (we have over 48,000 students on campus during the average year) a bit smaller for undergraduates.

Students and their families arrive for IFS in The Media School

The student show up a couple weeks before move in week and actually take a 3 credit course!  There are 23 courses taught this year and they all look incredibly interesting. Mine wins the ‘longest course title’ award 🥉 and is called This is Your Brain on the Media: How Video, Music, & Games Capture Your Attention and Play with Your Emotions

Learning Library Skills

Our first week is in the books. We have talked about experimental design and psychophysiological measurement. We have visited the Wells Library and had an informative lecture from Meggan Press the Undergraduate Assistant Librarian about how to do successful database searches for scientific literature.

And then the students—working in groups—designed and collected their own ECG data to test hypotheses about what affects attention to media.

More about what their data suggested will be coming up later.

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Re-listened to this NPR Story

by theaudioprof on July 22, 2019

Sound taints every other perceptual system

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Worldwide Doctoral Defense

by theaudioprof on June 24, 2019

That’s me, in the computer, with the rest of the committee and Dr. Prena!

I was able to spend a couple weeks visiting Fudan School of Journalism again this summer, working with my friend and colleague Shaojing Sun to help set up his lab. But, when you are out of the country during the summer, sometimes students back home can’t wait for you to return.

Such was the case with Kelsey Prena who really needed to defend her dissertation before starting her job at Boston University. And so, thanks to modern technology and Zoom teleconferencing…and a late night for me…I was able to “attend” her defense of SETBACKS AND STEP-UPS: THE EFFECTS OF THE SETBACK PUNISHMENT ON DECLARATIVE MEMORY.

Congratulations to Dr. Prena and good luck!

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