Author Archives: saraheknowles

An alternative academic guide to twitter

I wrote this originally nearly a year ago but never pressed ‘publish’. I’ve been seeing lots of calls to twitter of late though that seem to encourage exactly the kind of thing I think twitter shouldn’t be used for, so … Continue reading

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Health Research Should Be Crowd-Funded Through Kickstarter

This is the text of my *humble cough* winning Dangerous Ideas Soapbox presentation at yesterday’s SAPC conference. Not entirely sure how much of this I got in during the 2 minute (and strictly adhered to) time slot, but this is … Continue reading

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3 reasons why it’s ok to be a “control”

Hi all – I wrote this to coincide with Clinical Trials Day, and then managed to miss it completely. Smooth move, Knowles! Nevertheless, I still think it’s an interesting topic and one which I’d really love to hear peoples’ views … Continue reading

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Eliza Vs R2-D2 – who’s the better robot therapist?

The tale of Eliza is a bit of a standard one in cognitive psychology lectures. Eliza is a text based programme that you can ‘talk’ to, and one which is modelled as a kind of therapist. An early example of … Continue reading

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How To Win At Academic Presentations

You really can’t escape presentations as a researcher. If you want to submit your work to a conference, then you’ll need to be willing to present (unless you only ever want to do posters. In which case what on earth … Continue reading

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Is therapy by Skype such a bad idea?

This story caught my eye over the weekend – some proposals by an NHS trust to outsource mental health therapy to workers abroad who would communicate with service users via Skype. The BBC report says the idea – which was … Continue reading

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Marvellous Capability: Mental health and ‘people dependent technology’.

This is a lovely page, from a book called ‘The Internet and Everyone’ by John Chris Jones, which I came across on the Brain Pickings site a few years ago. It rang true to me then, and even moreso now, … Continue reading

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