See also Genre Savvy (which doesn't involve the Fourth Wall) and No Fourth Wall.See also End-of-Series Awareness and Screen Tap; specific subtropes. ' asked Tails, who had joined them by the ailing rabbit.You would expect to find that perceived smoking correlates with lung cancer less than actual smoking, because the perceived smoking correlation is just the actual smoking correlation plus some noise resulting from misperceptions.So I expected the paper to investigate whether or not perceived required ability correlated more, the same as, or less than actual required ability.Since the study’s analysis included two measures of verbal intelligence and only one measure of mathematical intelligence, it makes more mathematical departments appear to have lower scores and lower innate ability.Certainly a measure set up such that computer scientists get the lowest intelligence of everyone in the academy isn’t going to find innate ability related to STEM!'Well normally, yes' Sonic agreed, 'but at the moment we're characters in a book. I briefly snarked about Leslie et al (2015) last week, but I should probably snark at it more rigorously and at greater length.
These are to some degree anti-correlated with each other across disciplines; ie those disciplines whose students have higher Quantitative tend to have lower Writing scores (not surprising; consider a Physics department versus an English department).
The obvious counterargument is that people’s perceptions may be accurate, so your perception measure might be a proxy for a real thing.
In the smoking study, we expect that people’s perception of smoking only correlates with lung cancer because it correlates with actual smoking which itself correlates with lung cancer.
Generally, this awareness is brief; it's used for a joke or two and then never mentioned again.
Used this way, it's Lampshade Hanging as applied to Paratext. Compare with other metafictional devices, particularly Painting the Medium, which uses Paratext and artifacts to tell the story, and Reading Ahead in the Script which is exactly what it sounds like.