I see you baby, making those laughs: Thanks and farewell Caspar Addyman

Infantologist Caspar Addyman (@brainstraining) was at the helm of Real Scientists from June 7-13th, bringing to us the fascinating world of baby language and laughter studies. There are pros and cons to conducting research on babies, on one hand you can overcome a common research participant bias…

… on the other hand, there are just so many cute babies you might just succumb to the overwhelming baby cuteness and find a way to get one of your very own. It’s a tough job!

But it wasn’t all babby fun and laughter, Caspar also shared with us his science tattoos, strategies on staying organised, cognitive biases and that time he met the actual Queen.

 

Caspar let us know about how he thought the week went down

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

I enjoyed myself very much and felt it went quite well. It prompted us to document some experiments in the lab and coincided with a couple of big events. It was a quite frenetic but fun.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

The realscientists feed itself was pretty much impossible to follow. It moved too fast but the interactions (RTs, favs, mentions, etc) where at a managable and exciting level. Although it was still a bit more chaotic than i had imagined.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Highlight was livetweeting one of our baby studies. I hadn’t planned what i was going to say but I was very pleased with the way that combination of photos and short comments managed to get info across. And with questions that came up.

Lowlight was just the slight feeling of not being able to keep up with things.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

There were a couple of bits of my wider research that i never quite got round to discussing but couldn’t do everything.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Had a rough to do list and managed to cover most of the things I wanted to. Never quite in the way I expected.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Had a rough to do list and managed to cover most of the things I wanted to. Never quite in the way I expected.

 

If you missed anything from Caspar, a collection of his tweets can be viewed via the following link. And if like us, you just can’t get enough adorable babies wearing electrode caps, keep following @brainstraining. Thanks once again Caspar, from all of us here at RSHQ for a wonderful week of tweeting.

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