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.

2 Comments

  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

  2. cavall de quer
    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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