Question: Are you still pursuing that doctorate or did you achieve it?
Comment: I never thought about how empathy works in the brain until you mentioned having interest in how it works. eek It's weird to think about.
I've been a member of Gaia since July of 2003. I worked for Gaia as a moderator and then admin from 2004 till the end of 2010. Working for Gaia was a fascinating and educational experience, and although it had ups and downs, I wouldn't trade it for anything. <3
Off the Internets, I live with my husband and former resident Gaia economist, Sagger-AT3, who hasn't updated his profile in a good long while. We live with an assortment of cats, hamsters, and plants (of varying amounts depending on the year). I love to cook (especially Indian and Thai food), read voraciously, listen to music of all kinds, spend way too much time playing with cosmetics, and love chocolate. I also have an extensive Gaia art collection, although sadly haven't had the time to move it to a new webhost.
I also have PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a specific specialization in Neuropsychology, and am a 2nd year fellow, completing my final training to becoming a full time clinical neuropsychologist. My areas of interest include the neuropsychology and neuroscience of emotion, music, and aging. I am especially interested in empathy, as well as how the brain produces emotional experience. My previous research projects involve emotional functioning in individuals with Parkinson's Disease and in healthy older adults, as well as emotion processing in musicians.
I love comments! If you have any (non-Gaia) questions or comments, please post and I'll do my best to comment back. heart
If you have comments turned off, please don't ask me a question! I do actually try to reply back to comments, but I will do so by leaving you a comment! If you have comments turned off, no reply for you! And that is sad. sad
Art Collection & Commissions
As I mentioned earlier, I collect art! I have over 2000 pieces of art in my collection at this time. To see just a few examples of these, please visit my Art Gallery. My full gallery is sadly not very updated, but if you are interested in seeing more, go here and here
(alas, these links are probably not functional now sad )
If you are interested in doing a commission for me and would like to see my references and post your samples and prices, stop by my Art Request Thread!
Just a note, I did not make any of the art in my profile, nor am I an artist. So please don't send me PMs asking me to make you art! Not only is this rude, but you really don't want me to draw you so much as a stick figure, I assure you. gonk
And although it should go without saying, please do not use any of my art or code, either from my profile or my request thread/gallery. This would be stealing and would make me very unhappy.