Why I love the ResearchBlogs twitter feed

I haven’t figured out why there are some things I just like hearing about on Twitter – but the new posts on ResearchBlogging.org are some of those things. I used to keep the RSS feed – which is the same information – in my reader, and I just didn’t look at it the same way as I do now that I’m finding it in Twitter.

It’s a mystery.

Anyway, here’s why. Over the past few days, I’ve been able to click through to a discussion of this article about how doctors are using evidence – excellent for thinking about how people use evidence and information literacy:

How strong is your evidence (BrainBlogger)

Which led me as well to a related discussion of this article about publication bias in pharmaceutical research, which sparks more thoughts about information literacy and evaluation.  And this nice summary of research methods and how research is reported in health psychology.

And back to the twitter feed – I also clicked through to this one, which is entirely awesome and fascinating and might still be the next peer-reviewed Monday, but I don’t want to keep it under my hat here.  It’s a discussion of an article from PLoS ONE analyzing and visualizing click-throughs at scholarly journals.  Again with the information literacy implications, but it goes beyond that into impact factor, scholarly practice and epistemology and makes a stab at uncovering research behaviors that have previously been un-capturable.

And this one – which is about teaching and what some research says about how to do it.  And this, which is a reminder of how the stuff researchers find out about the brain connects to how we teach, learn and remember (and which I can understand much more easily than the original article).

Maybe it’s because there’s so much else to read in my RSS feeds that these articles, which take a little more work than many blog posts, seem like too much.  But in twitter, I can focus more?  Who knows,  but I do know that I’m reading more scholarly articles, and discussions of scholarly articles, than I was before which is a good thing.

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