Author: Lauren Alfrey

  • gnovis staff on break!


    With finals complete and the New Year just around the corner, the gnovis staff is settling in for a long winter nap.

    Please check back in mid-January for the return of regular content on the blog.

    Until then, from our awkward family to yours...

    Happy Holidays!

    -- The gnovis staff (In order of appearance) Lydia, Trish, Akoto, Josh, Brian, Lauren, and Garrison

  • Visualizing CCT: Adventures with NodeXL

    It's been an ongoing joke between fellow gnovis blogger, Trish, and I that a semester full of stats and social network analysis has seduced me into post-positivism.  It's true.  I've learned that I like to measure things.

    But in all seriousness, quantitative naysayers out there should consider the benefits of visualizing data. On the one hand, charts, graphs, and indexes are limited by their simplicity, and can often hide nuances and complexities. On the other hand, these same tools can be quite powerful for illuminating patterns previously indiscernable among data sets.

  • Hey Baby, What's Your Schemata?

    A guy walks up to a girl in a bar and says: "Hey baby, what's your schemata?"

    I’m not a psychologist and I don’t play one on the internets, but I do find myself desperate for an empirical model to study the interaction between people and culture. Enter psychology. Psychologists have long used the theory of schema to understand the byzantine mental structures used by our brains to process information. And increasingly, social scientists are using schemata in their investigations of culture.

    Yet settling on what we all mean by culture (which varies by discipline, by university, and by individual) can be tricky.

  • Counter-to-what-culture?

    This morning I started reading the Jameson classic, Post-Modernism.  Five pages into the book --  one of ten on my summer academic reading list -- I realized that among other things my list is far too ambitious for a mere three months already dotted with work, school, and an often sacrificed social life.