ESP Biography

CHRISTOPHER LUNA, Neuroscientist

Major: 9 Brain and Cognitive Sciences

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2012

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I've studied computer programming in Java, Python, Ruby and some Processing and MATLAB. I have experience in web development and programming professionally for about two years now, including having briefly owned my own business in high school.

I have studied psychology and psychotherapy for about two and a half years now, starting with books like "How to Win Friends and Influence People" all the way to textbooks on the interpersonal processes of psychotherapy. People have fascinated me for a long time, and I have been dedicated to understanding the human mind and human behavior ever since I was told, "People can't be reduced to a science!" I'm here to tell you that, "Yes. Yes they can."

My studies in psychology led me to my current educational path in neuroscience. I've been seriously studying neuroscience for only about a year now, but it has been an intense and enlightening journey.

I hope to help people with the knowledge I've acquired as well as pursue my goal of understanding humans.

Past Classes

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H4761: How to Win Friends and Influence People in HSSP Summer 2011 (Jul. 10, 2011)
How to Win Friends and Influence People Have you ever wondered how people work? Why do people do what they do? Why is it that you think the way you think, behave the way you do ... what is it that makes you feel a certain way? These are some of the basic questions answered in this class. How to Win Friends and Influence People [HWFIP] is a class about neuroscience and psychology applied to business, management, leadership, friends, and everyday life. It's named after the best selling book of 70 years by Dale Carnegie of the same name. We will touch upon not only pragmatic tips for attraction, persuasion, leadership, and charisma, we will explore the science behind them and the science behind human behavior and emotions in general. We will examine how attraction works, what experiences contribute to your personality, and what happens when those mechanisms go wrong and result in mental disorders. This class is intended to be useful and, thus interactive, each iteration of this course has run differently because the students bring their lives into it to be analyzed or understood. The more you are willing to contribute yourself, your friends, and your life, the more you will learn and the more this class can help you. The goal of HWFIP is to provide each student, upon completion, a working model for handling people in the real world. You will be able to intelligently plan ahead for what you will say or do if you want to comfort a friend in a crisis, salvage a relationship, inspire your coworkers, or lead a team to victory.

H4501: How to Win Friends and Influence People in HSSP Spring 2011 (Feb. 19, 2011)
How To Win Friends and Influence People (HSSP) Category: Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Life Science Welcome to the HSSP version of How to Win Friends and Influence people! Based on positive feedback from the SPLASH version of this class, this course includes and extends all information from the SPLASH class. How to Win Friends and Influence People (HSSP) is a multidisciplinary course that focuses on how people interact. The course's namesake is an 70 year-old book by Dale Carnegie which highlights basic techniques in handling people. Techniques that help you make friends, that help you persuade, and that help you be a leader. This course does that AND MORE. Over 8 weeks you will be shown, you will guided, and you will master knowledge about people and relationships that will help you: * Know what to say in sensitive or heated situations. * Understands emotions, where they come from, and ways to control them. * Appear more attractive to others * Become friends with anyone * Succeed as an effective leaders in business and academia * Help friends and loved ones overcome difficult emotions * Avoid and overcome social and emotional pitfalls and obstacles * Explain and understand the physical, scientific basis behind nearly all of the information presented in this class. (Basic neuroscience and neuroanatomy) And finally, you wil have constructed a toolkit of interpersonal tools for working with people for the rest of your life. This class is intended to be mostly discussion based with some lecturing for information. Stories will be told and books will be referenced. All notes and book references will be available online. The only homework required in class is a weekly assignment to note observations or to note personal applications of the skills discussed in class. These small writing assignments of about 1 or 2 quick paragraphs and are intended to take less than 45 minutes.

H4197: How to Win Friends and Influence People in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Learn simple, pragmatic techniques to apply in everyday life to gain more friends, to become an inspiring leader, a persuasive salesman, and all around more pleasant person to be around.

S4858: AP Psychology in Delve 2011-2012 (Sep. 18, 2011)
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals . Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology . They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. (from