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A new paper on type size supports what headline writes have apparently known for ages.Bigger text gets bigger reactions.The work by Bayer and colleagues used electroencephalograph (EEG) recordings to study the response of people as they showed them words that tended to be associated with good emotions, bad ones, or that were emotionally neutral. They found that the bigger the text, the faster someone responded emotionally to the word, and the longer they responded.At least, thatâ€™s the authorsâ........ Read more »
Bayer M, Sommer W, & Schacht A. (2012) Font size mattersâ€”emotion and attention in cortical responses to written words. PLoS ONE, 7(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036042
What should you wear to a poster session? Never mind the formal versus casual versus comfortable dilemma, what colour should you wear? A nearly decade old paper making the social media rounds last week suggests looking at your poster while picking your outfit.Several people, knowing Iâ€™m the poster blog guy, asked me what I thought.The authors themselves write:Our study had several limitations.This is an understatement. This study, by Keegan and Bannister, is almost nothing but limitations. Itâ........ Read more »
Keegan DA, & Bannister SL. (2003) Effect of colour coordination of attire with poster presentation on poster popularity. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 169(12), 1291-2. PMID: 14662667
Comparing averages should be one of the easiest kinds of information to show, but they are surprisingly tricky.Most people know that when they show an average, there should be an indication of how much smear there is in the data. It makes a huge difference to your interpretation of the information, particularly when glancing at the figure.For instance, Iâ€™m willing to bet most people looking at this...Would say, â€śWow, the treatment is making a big difference compared to the control!â€ťIâ€™m l........ Read more »
A new paper provides empirical evidence for something that many people, like Edward Tufte, have been saying for years: graphs and figures are better than tables.Cook and Teo took the results of statistical simulations, and presented them to people in the form of graphs or tables. Everyone were able to answer questions about the data more quickly using a graph. Less experienced people (i.e., undergraduates compared to postgraduates) were able to make more accurate statements about the results whe........ Read more »
Cook A, & Teo S. (2011) The communicability of graphical alternatives to tabular displays of statistical simulation studies. PLoS ONE, 6(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0027974
The link between conference posters and climate change is the jet fuel used to move the posters.... Read more »
Lessons for poster layout from comics.... Read more »
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