SPP87
29Boulder, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a PhD student at CU, studying Psychology. Largely, I write computer programs as models of learning (basically "cyber-rats") and compare them to actual human data. I've become enthusiastic about math in the past few years and hope to get a master's concurrently with my doctorate.

I'm often jovial and enthusiastic, though sometimes a bit shy. My thinking style is pretty analytical, and I like seeing how things work. I keep a little deck of stimulus cards in my backpack and use them to demonstrate learning tasks; I love watching people figure them out. Most of my physical exercise is in the form of martial arts, in particular Enshin Karate and historical fencing (HEMA). I also play the piano. I have two excellent cats.
What I’m doing with my life
After five years of studying learning abnormalities in mice, I've moved on to studying the same phenomena in people and computers. I'm in the second year of my PhD program. My work focuses on how we learn what cues in the environment we ought to pay attention to.
I’m really good at
-stats (for a non-statistician)
-the verbal sections of standardized tests
-programming cyber-rats
-making chili
The first things people usually notice about me
My mysterious accent
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books/Authors:
-Patrick O'Brian
-Agatha Christie
-David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and History of England
-Macaulay's History of England (despite the smarm and bombast, or maybe because of it).
-Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
-Robert Massie (Dreadnought)
-I've recently discovered P.G. Wodehouse (The chappie who came up with Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, don't you know?)
-Mark Twain
-classic tales of fantasy and adventure, e.g. by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft (when he's not being racist)

Movies/TV:
- British people murdering each other, e.g. Inspector Morse,Poirot and the old Sherlock Homes with Jeremy Brett
-some animated comedies - American and Japanese - including Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Trigun (though it's not really a comedy) and The Venture Brothers
-British people in a more amiable and comic mood, e.g. Blackadder, Hot Fuzz and Red Dwarf
-I've enjoyed other things as well, e.g. All the President's Men and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
-Psych

Music: My tastes are eclectic. I like King Crimson, Cake, The Doors and QNTAL, for example.

Food:
-upscale beer
-upscale pizza
-real breakfast (meaning bacon and eggs)
-ice cream, an excellent alternative breakfast for when you're in a rush
Six things I could never do without
-Ana* and Sir Oskar Warmuffin, my time-travelling Jacobite cats
-free public domain audiobooks (visit www.librivox.org)
-mice
-Karate
-swords

*Her full name is "Ana die kleine Zauberin, ueberhaupte Herrscherin der schwarze Magie" (bonus points if you can provide a translation).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-mathematical learning theory
-getting mice to behave
-what side I would take if I were an Englishman in 1642
-swords
On a typical Friday night I am
Either hanging out with friends or at home with Ana on my lap playing Zelda and listening to the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I shadow-box when I'm alone in elevators.
You should message me if
-You don't think there's anything unmanly about kittens.
-You want to go out to a museum or something and have a good conversation.
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