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Suraj_S

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  • Birthday 05/28/1992

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    California, U.S.
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    Psychology: Consciousness & Society

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  1. Years 1-4 of my Ph.D. were certainly fraught with shifting research areas. If you're worried about this, let your advisor ground you. But there's nothing wrong with being inter- or multidisciplinary if you can find the right avenues for such!
  2. You are cut out for research.
  3. I wouldn’t doubt your calling based on any of this. The problems you've faced seem primarily practical and external. Look inward and/or change your situation.
  4. GA Tech's program looks bomb. I was tempted one night by its catalog, around when I was writing my PhDissertation...it seems flexible for UX/UI design vs. researcher. I'd go in primarily for the latter, but if design is your thing, it's probably still a good bet. I'm not sure why you'd be worried about GA Tech's industrial reputation--it's a top-tier tech university with plenty of strong post-grad outcomes.
  5. I haven't been hired yet post-dissertation, but I list all of my authorships on my CV. I've known a couple of professors--advisor included--who graciously set up (and ended up writing) the majority of a paper we worked on together, but gave me first or second author. This as well as your experience suggest that seniority doesn't necessarily mean being first author: it may mean setting others up to be. But both of my professors are established in their careers, so they don't need first author on a review or couple of papers like you might. I have also written 50% of a paper but put someone else
  6. I totally get this. I defended faith in humanity during my dissertation proposal. It arose from meeting the best person I'd ever met...in the end, she didn't care.
  7. It isn't normal for Ph.D. students in my department to find their life partners among one another. However, my psych department's Master's students have co-mingled quite a bit--two such sets of friends are getting married. I went into grad school being in a long-distance relationship. That ended three years in...then, dated a couple of people: nothing overly serious. Then, had a relationship that ended earlier this year while I finished defending my dissertation proposal. Now--a little over a month away from defending my dissertation (hopefully, once and for all)--I feel keenly that
  8. During grad school, what sacrifices did you wind up making? Some trade-offs are financial. Others are personal. A stand-in advisor of my dissertation committee told me: "You're going to have to give some things up." Of course, I did not comprehend what on Earth I would have to give up--and now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I can see two personal relationships I had to let go on my path to graduation. In the next month, I won't see any friends, too. Alright; your turns...
  9. Other than my book review, the only two manuscripts my advisor reviewed were initially for classes she taught. How long have you waited for feedback? My own advisor is usually very prompt, but there are all sorts of stories of MIA profs that I've heard (unfortunately)...
  10. Forgot to add--2018: Meta-Cognition - Thinking About Thought (HCIIC). So, cognition is my most common theme session-wise. I've presented three papers with "Psychoinformatic(s)" in their titles, so that could be said to be my main conference article theme.
  11. I got curious tonight about the conference sessions I've been part of since my first one in 2015. The names of these sessions and their respective conferences are: 2015: Measuring and quantifying cognition - Human-Computer Interaction International Conference (HCIIC) 2017: Rethinking Psychological Theory: Personality, Empathy, and Enactivism - APA Annual Convention 2017 2019: Human-centric Computing - Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC); The Psychoinformatics of Mixed Reality and Biomimicry (HCIIC) 2020: Self Regulation (HCIIC) Do you have a "conf
  12. I didn't feel abandoned by mine. I did experience frustration that my project's execution wasn't being grasped: expressing this to my advisors was a good thing.
  13. Knowledge will find its way through the proper research channels. Just be patient and confident in the quality of your work: be open to opportunities to review, etc. Don't give in to critical reviews that miss the mark--respect yourself enough to look for better venues in these cases!
  14. I think a typology of various shades of advisor mood could prove useful. In my experience being advised (by three different professors), I have faced three shades of emotionality among them: glad, sad, and mad.* I have noticed that gladvisor happens when I am a good student; sadvisor happens when I have been bad. Madvisor can happen when the advisor(s) feel(s) that the student has not done their due diligence. Madvisorn-ess can be changed via calming, genuine assurance on the student's part that the research will get done properly. I don't mean for this to be about pointing figu
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