I’m not waiting for inspiration, it’s waiting for me

Neuroscience blog Oscillatory Thoughts has a brilliant meditation on the phenomenology of “writer’s block”.

It includes what I originally thought was an hilarious but mocked-up paper from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, only for me to discover that it was genuinely published.

For those wanting verification of these important findings, Oscillatory Thoughts has a replication of this landmark study using more recent technology.

Link to Oscillatory Thoughts on “writer’s block”.
Link to the full text of the scientific paper.


  1. Posted December 2, 2010 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    There’s a replication published in the same journal, 33 years later http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2078566/pdf/jaba-40-04-773.pdf?tool=pmcentrez

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    Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I wanted to write a comment, but I couldn’t think what to say……

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