i like science enough that i got a PhD in psychology.
My dissertation is titled Emotional Modulation of Visual Attention. There's even a listing for it on Amazon, but like most government-funded academic works it is not available to the general public. You can read the abstract here. Unfortunately, it doesn't show the epigraph, which is kinda my favorite part:
Fear is the mind-killer.
I was able to co-publish a few other peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter before I escaped, erm, switched careers. If you click on the link to my academic site you can download the pdfs.
- Anxiety modulates the effects of emotion and attention on early vision (2012)
- Cuing effects of faces are dependent on handedness and visual field (2010)
- Neural Perspectives on Emotion: Impact on Perception, Attention, and Memory (2009)
- Dynamics of perceptual filling-in of visual phantoms revealed by binocular rivalry (2007)
I'm still interested in psychology and neuroscience, and love me some good visual and optical illusions. There's a reason I was able to stick with it as long as I did, because on a high level, the human mind and brain are a couple of the biggest mysteries out there.
Maybe one day I'll write a post about my synesthesia.
A wordle of my dissertation.