Dance Your PhD and Win $1,000

If you’re a PhD student with mad dancing skills, Science and TEDxBrussels have the contest for you. Dance Your PhD is again offering $1,000 for the best video. These three examples may provide just the inspiration you need to create your own masterpiece:

Anne Goldenberg Dances The Negotiation of Contributions in Public Wikis

According to Goldenberg, her dance and public wikis both utilize textuality, dialogue, and a participatory process. If you find Goldenberg’s wiki dance intriguing, you may consider writing a wiki on your own area of expertise as part of APS’s Wikipedia Initiative.

Michael Smith Dances Guarding and Robbing Behavior in Social Insects

Through dance, Smith shows how destructive robbing can be for social insects like bees that store food. Sometimes, the thieves are insects of the same species but are part of a different colony.

Maartje C. de Young dances How Does Your Brain Analyze Incoming Visual Information?

De Young’s dance shows what goes on in a brain that is processing visual information. DeYoung explains, “You look with your eyes, but you see with your brain!” What we see is based not only on the world around us but also on “inferences and assumptions.” For more the brain’s interpretation of the outside world, take a look at recent research from Steven L. Franconeri and Brian R. Levinthal in Psychological Science.

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