Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

DDR pg 87-89


My big question is How do people get to places on time?

My specific question is do people that use a planner (physical or phone) get to their objectives completed?

  1. Park, E., & Yao, R. (2016). Financial risk attitude and behavior: Do planners help increase consistency?. Journal Of Family And Economic Issues,37(4), 624-638. doi:10.1007/s10834-015-9469-9

This study tested the effect of financial planners and households on the consistency of their financial risk attitude and behavior. The planners helped predict the households financial risk tolerance.

2. Ducrot, P., Méjean, C., Aroumougame, V., Ibanez, G., Allès, B., Kesse-Guyot, E., & … Péneau, S. (2017). Meal planning is associated with food variety, diet quality and body weight status in a large sample of French adults.The International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity,14. doi:10.1186/s12966-017-0461-7

They studied meal planning which is planning ahead what food is eaten for the next few days. , They tested 40,554 participants and collected data on intakes of energy, nutrients, food groups, weight, and height. Results indicated that meal planning was correlated with lowering obesity because of healthier diet.

3. Lenters, K., & McTavish, M. (2013). Student planners in school and out of school: Who is managing whom?. Literacy, 47(2), 79-87. doi:10.1111/j.1741-4369.2012.00679

This study tested students and parents and their use of student planners. And it’s only function is not only to help students manage their time. They believed that student planners are also tools teachers and parents to manage children when they are not physically present to do so.

4. Moeller-Saxone, K., & Segan, C. (2016). The role of planning in naturalistic quitting success among people with severe mental illness. International Journal Of Mental Health And Addiction, 14(4), 526-538. doi:10.1007/s11469-015-9609-3

This study  used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis on spontaneous, unplanned and planned smoking cessation of people with severe mental illness. They demonstrated that planning does not necessarily increase success of quitting. The results were different than unplanned and spontaneous quitting. Negative thinking hindered their planning to quit.

5. Hatfield, M., Falkmer, M., Falkmer, T., & Ciccarelli, M. (2016). Evaluation of the effectiveness of an online transition planning program for adolescents on the autism spectrum: Trial protocol. Child And Adolescent Psychiatry And Mental Health, 10

This trial indicated that Better Outcomes & Successful Transitions for Autism (BOOST-A™) is effective in assisting adolescents on the autism spectrum to successfully transition from school.

6. Nitschke, K., Köstering, L., Finkel, L., Weiller, C., & Kaller, C. P. (2017). A meta‐analysis on the neural basis of planning: Activation likelihood estimation of functional brain imaging results in the tower of London task. Human Brain Mapping, 38(1), 396-413. doi:10.1002/hbm.23368

The results demonstrated the bilateral contribution of left and right mid pre frontal cortex on planning on the Tower of London. Parietal and opercular regions are also involved in planning performance.

7. Qureshi, M.S., Saeed, S. & Wasti, S.W.M. J Glob Entrepr Res (2016) 6: 10. doi:10.1186/s40497-016-0053-z

This study took 5 months to provide interventions to promote entrepreneurship. The survey was conducted twice. The first one was the baseline survey  and the second survey was conducted at the end. They found out that the entrepreneurial interventions were positively correlated with entrepreneurship  and had a great impact on the Entrepreneur Identity Aspiration.

8. Carbone, E., & Infante, G. (2015). Are groups better planners than individuals? An experimental analysis. Journal Of Behavioral And Experimental Economics57112-119. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2015.04.006

This study compared group and individual planning in consumption and saving decisions. They found out that groups are better individuals in both aspect, in the beginning. During the second part, individuals learn faster than in group planning.

9. Chapin, R. K., Chandran, D., Sergeant, J. F., & Koenig, T. L. (2014). Hospital to community transitions for adults: Discharge planners and community service providers’ perspectives. Social Work In Health Care53(4), 311-329. doi:10.1080/00981389.2014.884037

This study  studied how effective planning is to support client discharge from the hospital They found out and mentioned the challenges and possible strategies for discharge planning for elderlies.

10. Read, D. C., & Leland, S. M. (2011). Does sector matter? An analysis of planners’ attitudes regarding politics and competing interests in the planning process. The American Review Of Public Administration41(6), 639-653. doi:10.1177/0275074010390031

This study tested planners in private firms and plannersemployed by the government. They collected 1,299 American Planning Association (APA) members’ surveys. They found out that planners that worked privately more optimistic than government working ones.





  1.  Carbone, E., & Infante, G. (2015). Are groups better planners than individuals? An experimental analysis. Journal Of Behavioral And Experimental Economics57112-119. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2015.04.006

The scope is how an individual’s decision making is compared to two group treatments.

2. Mason, T., Sutton, M., Whittaker, W., & Birch, S. (2015). Exploring the limitations of age-based models for health care planning. Social Science & Medicine13211-19. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.03.005

The scope of this experiment is to test fixed age and health relationship to the amount of  planning errors on adult humans.

3. Marzal, E., Sebastia, L., & Onaindia, E. (2016). Temporal landmark graphs for solving overconstrained planning problems. Knowledge-Based Systems10614-25. doi:10.1016/j.knosys.2016.05.029

The scope of this experiment is to test temporal planning problems with deadlines.

4. Ramírez, R., & Selsky, J. W. (2016). Strategic planning in turbulent environments: A social ecology approach to scenarios. Long Range Planning: International Journal Of Strategic Management49(1), 90-102. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2014.09.002

The scope of this experiment is to test three principles and they showed how scenario planning can help represent each one.

5. Shum, A., Morris, K., & Khajepour, A. (2015). Direction-dependent optimal path planning for autonomous vehicles. Robotics And Autonomous Systems70202-214. doi:10.1016/j.robot.2015.02.003

The scope of this experiment is to test optimal path planning problem to decrease path length, avoid things, and soil risk.

6. Spears, N., Amos, C., & Yazdanparast, A. (2016). Seeking consistency between planning orientation and situational purchase mindset. Journal Of Consumer Behaviour15(1), 28-37. doi:10.1002/cb.1528

The scope of this experiment is to test how planning orientation, planner, or reactor impact the mindset of purchasing things.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

DDR pg 54

  1. http://www.lanl.gov/index.php

Los Alamos National Laboratory works on the safety and dependency of nuclear restraint. They have environmental cleanup, sustainability, and protection programs. They aim to protect the nation and world stability through scientific research.

2. http://www.eso.org/public/about-eso/esoglance/

The European Southern Observatory (HQ in Germany) is a 16 nation intergovernmental research group that study astronomy. They get thousands of proposals to use their amazing telescopes. These telescopes help enable important discoveries. Researchers have found black holes, eco planets, old stars etc, using the telescopes at this organization.

3. http://www.italcementigroup.com/ENG/Architecture/i.lab/

The Italcementi i.lab’s building is already famous because of the design. It is water efficient, sustainable, and first LEED Platinum accreditations. They look for ways to make the things more sustainable and renewable. They use advanced technology to make make buildings more eco friendly.

4. Interdisciplinary Science Building for Energy Research at Brookhaven Lab

This lab customizes labs for scientists. They can engineer and use powerful batteries to solve environmental problems. They have 60 standard laboratories and four specialty labs. Those specialty labs have a”dry room”, where humidity is controlled. The building was built with recycled wood.

5. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

SAHMRI  reacts to the sun. It has nine research modules and can hold up to 700 researchers. Many researchers can come together to study ideas that may improve the health of people around the world.  They try to find cures and treatments for sicknesses such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, etc.

6. Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, at University of Glasgow

This is a biological research place that studies cancer. It is dedicated to understand cancer behavior more. They study invasion, metastasis, cancer metabolism, growth and survival. They have seminars and events.

7. New York Genome Center

This is a nonprofit research organization that focuses on biomedical research to help save lives. They research cures for diseases. They share, spread, and discover all their research to communities. They have smaller labs within this center such as the computational biology lab. They specialize in epigenomics, metagenomics, and many more.

8. Simula Research Laboratory

This is a nonprofit research organization and they research networks, software engineering, different systems. They try to find authentic value for society that is based on computing systems. It is a place of innovation activities.

9. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

They support DOE projects and have a large building for engineering. There is even an electrical shop inside. They allow for teamwork and communication. They have almost 1400 researchers from all around the world conducting research. hey focus on nuclear physics and SRF science. They have a wide range of technology sectors.

10. The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia Labs

This facility is to research  nano science.  There are  three wings: a cleanroom wing, a synthesis wing, and a characterization wing. There are also parts that help enforce researchers to work and collaborate. They study material synthesis, characterization, nano-micro integration, and theory and simulation. They try to combine the micro world with the macro.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Project 1 pg 120 InSightOut

As I was studying for my nursing exam, I listen to music (instrumental) because it helps me focus. I do not get distracted by the music I am listening to, it actually calms me down and helps me pay attention. I was able to focus around 40 minutes without getting distracted.

I do get distracted by my cellphone because my friends text me frequently. Every time I get a notification, there is a light that blinks on my cellphone. I notice these things and it pulls me away from my work. I tried to ignore it but could not. After I checked my phone and replied to people, I went back to studying. I had to put my phone far away from me to keep my mind off it. After this one distraction, I was able to study for around two hours, continuously.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Project 3 pg 138 InSightOut



Finish all my homework for psych 250 (readings and posting on this blog)

Finish studying the science section of nursing exam practice book by the end of today then do the three test provided. Next week, retouch upon the vocabulary words

Go to galleries with a friend for sociology class and write up the homework in between my classes next week

Write the journal for my other psych class by tomorrow

Crazy ways I could accomplish these goals would be to stay up all night trying to finish all the homework except going to the gallery one. This could work out if I went home before 8PM and just kept doing homework and read all readings.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Q3 pg 53 DDR

Question 3 on page 53 of DDR


A goal I have is to complete all my homework by Saturday so I can have a day off on Sunday. I will begin by using all the breaks in my school schedule to go to library or go home to finish homework that were given. After I get home from fencing practice, I will eat something light and go straight to do my homework. I will keep a tab of all the homework I have to do and then place a check mark on the ones I have done. I would also plan when to do what homework in a planner. This will help me organize my time because I know an estimate of how long each homework would take.

Research goals of the day are to go outside with a pen and paper. Look around at my environment and write down any curiosity I have. This will help me create a question for lab 3 and 4. Currently, I have no clue what I want to write for lab 3 and I want some ideas from my environment. These questions could spark or merge into something I am truly passionate about learning and finding out. I like animals but I can not test animals because I do not have access to many of them. I am curious about human behavior but that is too general, so I need to pinpoint which human behavior am I curious about. Going out and looking at people act and react will hopefully give me an idea. I plan on achieving this goal by spending an afternoon (about two hours) at a park or at a cafe. I will take notes of what I see and how people are behaving.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Project 1 &3 pg 97 InSightOut


The first pretotype I thought of is making glasses with mini windshield wipers (like the ones they have on cars) that move with a push of a button. They are attachable and detachable. So when it is raining, the user can attach the windshield wipers to their glasses, this helps clear the glasses from the rain that stays on. Whenever it rains or snows and it collects on my glasses, it makes it very difficult to see the streets or where I am walking. The approach that I would use is the Facade. I would put ads on the website or start a kickstarter website to see if I have any backings. This will allow me to see if people think this is innovative and interested.

The second pretotype I thought of is a garbage can that is a robot. This robot will collect trash on the floor and when a person tries to shoot the garbage at the robot, it will catch the trash and put it inside itself. The approach that I would use on this is the Mechanical Turk. I would put a person dressed as a robot that collects trash with words “Test Your Aim” on the outfit. This will help me see if people enjoy this kind of service. It is supposed to make throwing garbage a bit more fun.

The third pretotype I thought of is an attachable camera on glasses. Wearing glasses makes many things inconvenient such as taking a picture with a DSLR camera. I want the attachable camera to be at least 12 megapixels. The approach that I would use is the Facade. I would start a kickstarter website to see if people like this idea and if there are people that support this idea. People also donate money to support ideas on the website. It is a great website to see if an idea will work or not.


On Youtube, I saw these pairs of people that stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes, without breaking eye contact. I tried this experiment with three friends. With the first friend, I look into his eyes and about 20 seconds and started laughing. I tried distracting him in any way possible by squinting my eyes or enlarging them. I broke eye contact a bit after two minutes. The second friend, I looked into her eyes for four minutes but the entire time I wanted to look away because she was staring intensively into my eyes. I forced myself to keep staring at her but I realized that I was looking at features on her face other than her eyes. I was not focusing on her eyes after a while. The third friend, I was able to stare into his eyes the entire four minutes. There were very minimal thoughts and my mind was blank. I did not think much so those four minutes were just a blank stare. He did not have any extreme expression either. We both just blankly stared at one another. I learned that I have a different relationship with each person and I am more comfortable with staring into certain people’s eyes. And that I, normally, do not maintain eye contact for longer than a straight minute. I would look away then look back. This motivates me to do more experiments in this area because I learned a bit about myself and the different friendships I have with different people.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Pg 34-35 DDR


Some unforeseen consequences of research is harming the participants mentally longer than expected. The participants could also be physically hurt. These damages could affect them for the rest of their lives.

To avoid harm to the participants in research would be to collect data that would not require them to do much. Asking participants to fill out a survey would not harm them. Another method is to test the experiment out myself with others, to see if it would cause any harm before testing on participants.



Some fair incentives for participating in research is candy or food. Another incentive is playing with toys or a chance to win a prize. The researchers could give the participants a gift too.

Theoretically, I would let my own child participate in a research study because I understand that the researchers are not allowed to harm the child psychologically or physically. They respect the child’s freedom to choose if he or she wants to do it or not. If he or she does not like what is going on, they can stop the experiment right away. All identifiable information is kept confidential. My child also gets all the information before participating to see if he or she wants to do it or not.

If my child had disability, I would still let him or her participate in the research because the research will not harm the child. The child would not be affected after the research is conducted and he or she is contributing to science.

If I suspected that data fraud was being perpetrated on the project I was involved in, I would ask the other researchers if they know what was going on. Then I would find the person/group that is making up data and confront them. If they do not stop doing what they are doing, then I would try my best to stop the whole experiment. That is my last resort because other people like me have also worked hard on this project. I would not stop it if I was given a chance to change it or redo it.



Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

pg 36 InsightOut

I spent an hour at Hunter College’s library third floor, where the reference desk is located. I saw many people stay for about 20-40 minutes then leave. Another person will go to the seat that became empty. When all the computers were taken, there was a line of people waiting, going out towards the elevators. There were two people at the reference desk. There are about six  groups of tables together and about seven computers at each group. People left their bags on top of the tables and took out paper. Some people wrote at their desk, some people solely used their computers. The computers that I could see were on Word Document or Blackboard. Some people were using their cellphones and others watched videos. There are two printers behind me and two printers to the far right of the room. The ceiling has steel nets and vents going through them.

People walked to the printers to print and sometimes they stapled their papers together. There were scrolling mouse noise and typing noise. Some people listened to music or videos while they were on the computer. There was very little talking going on. Most of the people there were quiet and not talking.

Feb 8 Classwork and Homework

Pg 18 of InsightOut

Dear Lai of 02/16/2017,

You must think about an idea for lab 3 and 4 for psych 250 and every time there is a lab assignment that must be turned in, do it a week before to get it edited. Complete all homework assignments given by every class.

I hope in the future, you will still continue to fence as a hobby instead of a sport. You will complete your bachelor’s degree and get a job directly out of school. If you can get into the nursing program at Hunter, you’ll be complete it after three years. Even though that seems like a long time, it will be worth it. If you did not get into the program, you must  graduate with a psychology degree and go to graduate school.



Lai C.