Damn! But it’s not like I didn’t have my suspicions.

Regina Spektor Begin to HopeI get emails:

Just want to warn you that Spektor might be a witch who messes with your experiments.
I did a pilot study, got a very clear trend, and then did the full on study and got nothing, except very weird variance.

It could be because I listened to her album 3 x in a row while setting up the experiment.

2 days ago I repeated the experiment and just as I began to set it up, my finger was hovering over the play button on my fancy new Christmas ipod, to hear Regina again…and then I switched the artist to someone else. I was feeling superstitious.
Lo and behold, the experiment seems to now be confirming the pilot study.

She is a witch! Albeit loveable.

iPods (and the Walkmans, and boomboxes before them) have made some parts of field/lab biology more bearable. But it never occurred to me that some artists might insert random numbers into your results.

This is serious.

Any other artists to avoid while doing science?


One Response to Damn! But it’s not like I didn’t have my suspicions.

  1. chad says:

    I don’t do science in grad school (i am getting a theology degree), but I have to avoid AC/DC while doing intensive work…why don’t you try radiohead. It worked great when I was in undergrad doing sociology.

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