whitmanic

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    Cambridge, MA
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    Higher cognition, consciousness, resilience, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychedelics, cognitive-behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders
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    2018 Fall
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    Cognitive Science/Psychology

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  1. These are both really solid answers—thank you. Random question, but: I've been getting e-mails from Brandeis via GRE search, offering me a full fee waiver if I apply to their PhD program. Is this a useful datum, or is Brandeis just being nice?
  2. Hi all, Not sure why it's taken me this long to crowdsource my grad school questions. I was a College Confidential rat in high school, and I think it marginally paid off. It's been 3.5 years since I've been enrolled in/swaddled by an academic institution, though, and my knowledge about grad school app best practices is pretty fragmentary. I'm interested in both the cognitive psychology and clinical psychology tracks — more on that dilemma in another post — and am debating whether to apply to master's programs (contingent on funding) or go straight for the PhD programs I've been eyeing. I know it's late in the game for this cycle, but would ideally like to be enrolled by Fall 2018. As I see it, the upsides to master's first are: - A chance to beef up on coursework - A chance to kick the cognitive/research vs. clinical decision down the road, and learn more to help me make it While the downsides are: - Funding sources are much rarer, I can't afford anything out of pocket, and I'm allergic to debt - Might deprive me of the freedom to pursue the research opportunities I need to keep multiple PhD routes open - It's just not necessary, even if I wait another year to apply for PhD programs — Here's my deal: I was a humanities major at Harvard with a minor in Mind, Brain, and Behavior — but far from the full complement of psychology coursework that a lot of programs, MA and PhD alike, seem to expect. I've devoted a lot of time to reading and living cognitive psych and linguistics literature over the last few years, and have a pretty strong sense that I will be happy studying the mind (and maybe its relationship to wellbeing in a clinical sense) for the long haul. I traveled extensively after graduation, and then spent a year and a half as a business generalist at an early-stage tech startup—a role I quit earlier this year to start pursuing cognitive science research. This June, I started a remote research assistantship for a friend who's a cognitive science postdoc, and last month, I got a research assistantship at a dev psych/linguistics lab at Harvard. I just took the GRE, and got a 170 V 167 M. Some people have told me that some of these fundamentals mean that I shouldn't be afraid of the course and research requirements I see on a lot of program sites. My question is whether people familiar with the field think I can make a case at the PhD-level (or hell, even at the MA-level; I'm not sure about anything) without some of the traditional essentials. Looking forward to hearing your take.
  3. Hi all, Not sure why it's taken me this long to crowdsource my grad school questions. I was a College Confidential rat in high school, and I think it marginally paid off. It's been 3.5 years since I've been enrolled in/swaddled by an academic institution, though, and my knowledge about grad school app best practices is pretty fragmentary. I'm interested in both the cognitive psychology and clinical psychology tracks — more on that dilemma in another post — and am debating whether to apply to master's programs (contingent on funding) or go straight for the PhD programs I've been eyeing. As I see it, the upsides to master's first are: - A chance to beef up on coursework - A chance to kick the cognitive/research vs. clinical decision down the road, and learn more to help me make it While the downsides are: - Funding sources are much rarer, I can't afford anything out of pocket, and I'm allergic to debt - Might deprive me of the freedom to pursue the research opportunities I need to keep multiple PhD routes open — Here's my deal: I was a humanities major at Harvard with a minor in Mind, Brain, and Behavior — but far from the full complement of psychology coursework that a lot of programs, MA and PhD alike, seem to expect. I've devoted a lot of time to reading and living cognitive psych and linguistics literature over the last few years, and have a pretty strong sense that I will be happy studying the mind (and maybe its relationship to wellbeing in a clinical sense) for the long haul. I traveled extensively after graduation, and then spent a year and a half as a business generalist at an early-stage tech startup—a role I quit earlier this year to start pursuing cognitive science research. This June, I started a remote research assistantship for a friend who's a cognitive science postdoc, and last month, I got a research assistantship at a lab at Harvard. I just took the GRE, and got a 170 V 167 M. Some people have told me that some of these fundamentals mean that I shouldn't be afraid of the course and research requirements I see on a lot of program sites. My question is whether people familiar with the field think I can make a case at the PhD-level (or hell, even at the MA-level; I'm not sure about anything) without some of the traditional essentials. Looking forward to hearing your take.