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Positive feedback for Scientists

April 4, 2012

Being a scientist is not a particularly positive experience. By design, most of the interactions are negative. Or I should say critical. That’s just how it works both on a grand scale and for each individual study. If scientists didn’t persist in providing negative critical feedback to each other, the grand enterprise would be much less efficient. That’s good for science. But for the individual scientist it’s kind of a downer.

I’m coming off a conference visit that included some good moments for me. People I’d never met had read my papers. Thought that the research I presented was interesting. Even cool. It was a very positive experience. So I thought, what can I do to facilitate that for other scientists? How can I help?

Here’s how. For the next conference I’m going to order up some Zazzle stickers with some positive feedback included. Hand them out at poster sessions or something.

I may need to pilot test them on my lab. See which ones work best.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Isis the Scientist permalink
    April 4, 2012 10:40 pm

    Around here we offer up “P equals point oh your mom.”

  2. April 5, 2012 2:29 am

    Everyone likes positive feedback. It is known that it is helpful in building self-esteem and success. In fact, schools and parents have been doing a good job giving more positive feedback since the push in the seventies and eighties to build children’s self-esteem.


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