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DevLog #2

And here we are, a few months since my last post, so it’s time to reflect on a Summer and Autumn gone by. As I’m juggling school, studies and projects, free time has been in short supply again. To start things off, I found a fun read here on why Godot is extremely suitable for complex app development. Great! I feel even more validated than I needed to. So, without further ado… how have my different projects evolved over the past few months?...

December 4, 2022 · 6 min · Jaap Marsman

DevLog #1

As I’m writing this first development log, I’m one year into my Master’s in Psychology through the University of Glasgow. The past year has been a whirlwind of new information coming my way and unexpectedly, finding my way around R (the statistical programming language) has been one of the greatest joys. So here I am. One year in. Thinking of how to expand on the fun I’m having with psychological science & programming....

August 10, 2022 · 6 min · Jaap Marsman

Are we all CEOs? What are Executive Functioning Skills?

What exactly are Executive Functioning Skills? In this blog post, I explore the main executive functioning skills, try to clear up some misconceptions and provide tips on how to be more brain-friendly. Executive Functioning Skills (let’s call them EFS from now) have been a topic of conversation for a while now. Unfortunately, there have been unhelpful simplifications, such as: “EFS are the conductor of the brain’s orchestra!” Or, an even better one: “EFS are useful if you’re a CEO....

December 17, 2021 · 4 min · Jaap Marsman

Anchoring Ourselves

This article on anchoring was originally published in a shortened version over at TES. Please head on over to their site to read it there. With permission from TES, please see the longer version below. Feeling adrift In Dutch naval history, the anchor has long been the symbol of hope. As a symbol of stability, the anchor’s purpose is clear: to keep us from drifting off. But what about the metaphorical concept of anchors?...

December 13, 2020 · 10 min · Jaap Marsman

Using DEVONthink for my professional journal

I’ve had some form of journalling practice since the early 2000s, usually writing on paper but also experimenting with digital journalling. For my day-to-day work I’m trying to convert a notebook into a bullet journal (more on that later), but for my personal journalling I’ve been an avid user of Day One for many years now. Then at some point a number of years ago, I really felt a strong desire to journal about my professional life....

October 8, 2020 · 3 min · Jaap Marsman