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Why women in psychology can't program

"About two months ago my brother, who works in data science on social psychology data, asked me why his colleagues, who are women and have PhDs in psychology, cannot code"

neuroplausible.com/programming

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@olivia This makes me so mad. Having three daughters, I see more than ever how early the signalling begins. "Boy's" Clothes have computers, binary digits, circuit shapes. Girls get fucking Unicorns.
I've been teaching my 7-year-old a little Python and she loves it, and is clearly capable of understanding the abstractions. My 5-y-o plays Scratch Junior and loves it. Kids are kids.

@cathal @olivia (if you have methods/exercices to share, please don't hesitate)

@DarckCrystale @olivia Nothing so well formulated yet, no: Just that "Scratch Junior" is a really nice entry-point with more ready-to-go media and sprites for kids on Android. For my older girl I've started her out in Jupyter Notebook, just going through some concepts so far.

@olivia
By reading your article, I see you need flexible statistics software more than pure programming. Still, you're perfectly right, I wasn't aware how you psychologists need to use R or Matlab and for those it is propaedeutic to know how to define a simple function or a for cycle in a programming language. From my experience, among my colleagues girls hate programming the most, yet they use Octave almost without batting an eye. About free software, have you tried PSPP instead of SPSS?

@piermingo I'm a computational modeller. So I need C and Python.

@olivia I'm about to take over support for Psychology at my library, and I'm going to include coding and stats support. Thank you.

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