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    You certainly don't need tons of math to use these types of analyses in your research. However, to be the one actively developing them, rather than simply applying them, you really need to be a full-on stats PhD person. Statistics develops these techniques (pattern classification, etc.), and psychologists use the techniques to gain a better/deeper understanding of some psychological phenomenon. So saying "I want to do neural decoding" isn't really a research program. Rather, you should be interested in motor planning or memory or visual perception, and you'll use lots of techniques to analyze your experiments: GLMs, decoding, etc. Does that distinction make sense?
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    move everything or buy there?

    In the past 7 years or so I have done about 5 long distance moves. Each time I tried a different method. I have done 1) Sell/donate absolutely everything except for two suitcases and a small box shipped. Hop on a plane. My thoughts: very pleasant trip, but very unpleasant to have to buy so insanely much when I arrive at the new destination. Goodwill and Craigslist are great, but they don't always have what you need (especially in smaller towns where options are limited), so you will likely breakdown and buy new after a month of not having a bed/desk. In my experience it takes about a whole year to furnish an apartment buying exclusively second hand super good deals...and in my life, that's usually when I have to go. Verdict: impractical. 2) Fill a POD, sell everything that won't fit, hop on a plane/train. My thoughts: PODS are expensive, but the trip was pleasant, and I have most of the things I needed. The only thing I really lacked was a bed frame and I ended up just putting the mattress on the floor. Worked great. I didn't have a car at that time though. Verdict: expensive, but it's a good solution, especially for someone living a carless lifestyle. 3) Rent a U-Haul and take absolutely everything. My thoughts: This happened after I got a car and had been driving for a year. One thing that happens with car-owing is that you buy a lot of unnecessary but would-be-nice-to-have stuff, so my belonging multiplied. I personally really hated driving, let alone a huge truck, and it was one of the most stressful things I had to do. Loading and unloading were also excruciating. I got to my new place and realized that my new apartment was a lot smaller than the previous one, so I all of a sudden had all kinds of stuff that I don't have room for. I had to either find a bigger and more expensive place, sell the stuff, or store them in the basement of the apartment. All of it was unpleasant, and, although renting the truck only cost half of POD, gas and insurance and motel (it was a very long drive!) combined I only saved about $150. Verdict: expensive anyway and not fun 4) fill my car, ship the books via media mail, sell everything that won't fit, drive. Cheapest option of all, except that I had to drive (but so much less stress compared to driving a U-Haul). I loaded up with my clothes, musical instruments, dishes, and half of my books. Sold book shelves, desk, etc. and bought them again when I got to the destination. Waiting for a good desk to show up on Craigslist was my biggest contention about this method--which is to say, not too much to complain. Having spent only on gas and media mail shipping also meant that if I want to take an extra day driving, I could afford a night in a motel. But I actually just drove to a campground and paid $20 to pitch a tent. Also, if you don't already have a place lined up, you can drive around apartment viewing with all of your belongs still in the car. Can't do that with a truck (or it'd be super expensive), and certainly can't do that if you get off the train with 5 suitcases. verdict: ideal, especially for someone who has a car 5. ship books by media mail, take the train (you can bring two 50-lbs bags with you, and check in another three to six bags that are 50-lbs each), sell all furniture I did this after I went back to a car-free lifestyle again. Pleasant, stress-free trip that took a really long time, but you can essentially bring as much as you would in a car. It ends up costing a little more than driving myself but it was more fun for me. The only other draw back is that you pretty much have to already have a place lined up when you arrive. So you might have to make two trips-- one to find a place to live, one to move. Otherwise it's very similar to driving your own car. The other limitation is that you can't do this moving across Canadian border. Media mail is within US only, and the train to Canada allows no checked in bags. Verdict: almost ideal, especially for the car-less or for people who doesn't want to drive. The next time I move I will probably do no.5 if I'm moving within US, rent a car and do no.4 if it's within the US.
  3. 1 point
    Jae B.

    Shattered Dream

    Don't assume you haven't been selected until you get the notice (or call them), and don't assume you'll be miserable going anywhere else until you really explore your other options. You can be happy somewhere else, and not getting in at your #1 pick might be a good indication of that. You may not have wanted to, but still applied to other schools for a reason! I also flirted with the idea of only applying to my top choice, which is considered #1 in my field. But then I would have missed out on the school I'm most strongly considering now! In fact, I was amazed to get into my "second-choice" school, since at the time I didn't think it was as good a fit for me (too ambitious -- program intended for people with more industry experience than I have), and most of my energy was spent agonizing over my application to my #1 choice. I thought my #1 choice was my perfect fit, but -- even though I still like them -- now I find them a little cold and distant, and not so appreciative of my humble career goals. You may be finding your #1 a bit cold now, too, since they haven't contacted you yet. My second-choice is now the equal of my prior first-choice, in my book, because they've welcomed me with open arms, are extremely appreciative of my humble goals and will help me achieve them. I've found that, sometimes, when you're so dead-set on one school, you don't give other programs a fair shake. Especially when your favorite program seems to be everybody else's favorite program. That can make it hard to see other schools as valuable. As I'm dealing with that kind of situation right now, I'm trying to sort through the clatter in my mind, "But everybody thinks this school is THE best..." in order to consider the other program I know I could thrive at. Give a few points to the wisdom of the admissions committees -- they think you'd be excellent at their schools and be a great contribution to their academic environments. Do some more research, try to visit some, get to know people and find a new favorite school. Also, ask yourself, would you want to wait until next admissions cycle, to give your dream school another shot?
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    That sounds nice in theory, but might be a bit more complicated in practice. Firstly, it's harder to secure funding in the EU for non-EU citizens so you'd most likely have to secure funding from various grants (Fulbright might be the best shot for Americans) prior to/while actually applying to PhD studies. Secondly, as a foreign citizen you'd be limited to working up to 20 hours per week (e.g., 19.5 in France to be precise) on your student visa and you'd probably need that money to help pay your living expenses which could be considerably higher in the parts of Europe mentioned (I'm sure living in NY would get you used to that tho). And yes, you'd get paid in euros (or pounds in Britain), but all of your expenses would also be in euros/pounds, plus you'd have a substantial loan to pay off. Students are in the low income bracket everywhere in the world; so accumulating debt in the States with the idea of getting the money to pay it of while doing a PhD in Europe is a plan that needs some more thorough thinking. If we're talking about also getting a job in Europe after the PhD, bear also in mind that such a thing would be, again, harder for a foreigner especially as you'd have to secure a job before being able to get a work visa. Plus, taxes in Europe can be much higher than what you're used to in America so you have to factor that in when evaluating job offers, etc. It's the taxes that make the cost of living higher as well--VAT is usually between 15 and 25% for most goods throughout Europe (some goods have lower 6-10% rates but there's not many of those). Now, I'm not trying to scare anyone off of studying in Europe, I'm just saying it's something that needs to be thoroughly thought through beforehand and that it's an adventure (albeit an amazing one) you'd be better off to embark into without a huge debt. But if you can do it, then by all means do--it can be a great experience to find yourself smack in the middle of a foreign country with no friends and then (re)construct your (social) life from zero. I enjoyed it so much, I'm doing it again (Though, to be perfectly honest, one of my main reasons for applying for a PhD in the States was precisely that it's easier to get funding there.)
  5. 1 point
    Aspiring Shrink

    Quit playing games with my heart...

    I wish I could shut down all email and mail for a while and only have acceptances/rejections be delivered. If and when I ever work on a graduate admissions board it will be my goal to get responses back to applicants as early as possible (i.e. January not April) Good luck.
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    Yeah we have had these kids before. One of them interrupted me to ask why I had not done something in my project yet in a real snarky way that they thought would have been easy. This came after many other snide comments and the kid texting while sitting in the front row of my seminar. I came down off the steps stood in front of them and told them the idea they had would take at least 6-8 months while I had only been working on my project for 3 months because they learned about the concept at their uni. And staring them in the eye, I suggested that maybe they no clue as to the reality is of timelines for projects in science. To top it all off and put the little braggart into their place I told him that science is like sports, its easy to mouth off sitting on the bench and to talk to me when he started playing. Needless to say this kid's acceptance was revoked. These pain in the necks are few and far between but don't screw with grad students who help out with recruitment activities. Its not our jobs, we aren't payed to do it, we do it out of goodwill for others that will walk out path and have little time for those candidates who grandstand and toot their own horns.
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    I used to be in Cognitive Science (and had to explain what it was all the time) but my Masters is in Psych. The conversation I have now usually goes something like: A: "Ooh, psychology. You're psychoanalyzing me right now, aren't you?" B: "Well, I study monkeys, so yes I am!" Yes, I'm that immature.
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