Tuesday, July 25, 2017

research colloquium

Alhamdulillah. On 3rd July, 5 abstracts that I've co-written were accepted for presentation at the International Postgraduate Research Colloquium.
1. Idealized Celebrity Images, Body Appreciation and Intention to buy Body Slimming Products
2. Predictors of Body Satisfaction among Malay Men
3. Psychometric Properties and Number of Likert Scales’ Response Categories
4. Evaluation of Methods for Handling Bedridden Patients during Emergency Evacuation
5. Two ways to reveal the factor structure of Statistics Anxiety Scale (SAS): Malaysian Undergraduate Students Sample
Thank you to colleagues and students who've contributed greatly to these abstracts. InsyaAllah, I will be personally presenting papers 1 and 2.

PhD Palsu

Ada orang pandai masak rendang, maka dipanggil sifu rendang. Tapi tidaklah pula dia letakkan gelaran 'Sifu' dalam dokumen rasmi dan cetak sijil sendiri.
Ada orang memang pandai bab mengahwinkan pokok-pokok, maka orang menggelarnya Profesor. Tapi tidaklah pula dia meletakkan gelaran Profesor itu pada kad namanya. Gelaran Profesor tu hanya diguna dalam perbualan santai.
Tapi ada orang terlalu mengambil serius gelaran Profesor yang dilemparkan kepadanya, sehingga dia menipu dirinya sendiri bahawa dia betul-betul seorang Profesor. Dan dia menipu orang lain dengan mengakui dirinya Profesor.

Internet troll

Trolling has been described as an antisocial behavior, which is part of counterproductive online behavior.
One study published in 2014 concluded that ".. cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism." 
Ask ourself what are the main drivers of our online behavior? Do we show our sadistic tendency when we interact with other people on social media? Do we write posts on FB and WA group based on the principles of truth and sabar?

Elok kita ingatkan diri dengan surah al-asr bila hendak menulis di media sosial dengan niat berdakwah.
Kalau tidak sabar, dan tidak pula dengan maklumat yang sahih, kemungkinan kita akan berada dalan kerugian.
Rugi masa
Rugi kredibiliti
Rugi emosi
Rugi kesihatan piskologikal

Asyik asyik neuro

Satu lagi produk dengan label 'neuro'. Kononnya ia boleh merangsang saraf otak dengan kuasa elektrik yang dialirkan melalui kulit kepala (transcranial direct current stimulation - tCDS). Kesannya? Ahli sukan boleh bersukan dengan lebih cemerlang.
Di Malaysia ni, dah ada perniagaan alat elektronik untuk 'menyembuhkan' penyakit. Alat berkenaan menggunakan elektrod yang dilekatkan di kepala (atau kepit di topi). Seperti yang didedahkan Pseudoscience Watch, 'terapi' ini palsu. Tak berkesan. Tak ada bukti ia berkesan. Yang pasti ia berkesan mengurangkan duit pesakit.
Halo Neuroscience memasarkan Halo Sport untuk ahli sukan. Bukan pesakit. Agak menarik bila membaca perkataan 'medicine' dalam tajuk berita di The Star. 

Sebelum kita berlumba-lumba membeli alat ini (ada dijual di 11street.com.my - harganya RM4,928.81), ataupun sebelum syarikat dengan model perniagaan MLM mula memasarkannya di Malaysia, carilah dahulu bukti keberkesanannya.
"In fact, a meta-analysis of tDCS studies – one of those laborious studies that study the findings of other studies – found the technique had no effect at all on a wide range of cognitive abilities."
Sayangilah otak anda.

beverages jokes

A man, with a bad cough, walked into Starbucks and placed his order. Upon receiving his receipt, he was surprised at the extra charges for his usual cappuccino.
"What's this for?" he asked the barista in between his coughs.
The barista handed him an extra paper napkin and replied, "That's the coffee."

A woman walked into Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and ordered a hot chai. When collecting her order, she was given the chai, and a liquid in a very small container.
"I only ordered the chai," she hesitated in accepting the extra drink.
"This comes with your chai," the staff told her.
"But why is it so small?"
"It is exactly 6% of your chai. It's the GST".

Bad dad jokes

1. Which bank would never go private?
Public Bank.

2. Which bank has a lot of possibilities?

3. Which bank can speak only for itself?

4. Why was the durian not able to solve its problem?
Because it has a thorny issue.

5. What fruit is young and rebellious?

6. Why did the tourist look at the twin tower twice?
Because it was KLCC.

7. Where do the gym clerks go to get their supply of pen and papers?
The stationary bike.

8. Why did the chicken just stand by the road side?
Because it doesn't get the joke.

9. At a shoe store, a mannequin was being moved when the neck was suddenly detached from the body. The head rolled and hit some stilettos. It was the worst case of falling head over heel ever happened at the store.

10. In psychology, what do you call a testable statement that has a lot of spelling errors?

11. What is the difference between a t-test and a malicious apathy?
One is about differences in means, and the other is a mean indifference.
12. Why was the detective not suspicious about the RM1 nasi lemak?
Because there's nothing fishy about it.
(ikan bilis mahal woiii!)