ESP Biography

PATIENCE STEVENS, MIT sophomore studying Brain and Cognitive Science

Major: 9

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2016

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am from Fort Myers, FL, and I am majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. In my free time, I enjoy tap dancing and reading.

Past Classes

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S8602: Illusions and Visual Perception: Why You Don't See Dead People in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
What do you see that isn't actually there? What don't you see that is there? The answers to both of these questions give insight into how our visual sensory and perceptual systems function. We will discuss the basics of how vision works, some common illusions and the mechanics of why they occur, and look at some unexplained illusions.

S8208: An Introduction to All Things Brain in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Have you ever wondered how your brain communicates with itself? How it takes in information about everything around, on and inside you and turns it into electrical signals? Come to this class for an overview of brain anatomy, how neurons work, and how input from your senses is perceived and processed!

S7414: Brains: the most complex thing in the universe in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
How is it that we have managed to send rockets to space yet still don't know much of what is going on inside our own heads? How do we continue breathing without thinking about it? How and where is consciousness located in the brain? Is there an innate ability to understand language? What does a real brain look like? Neuroscience pulls information from many different fields, from physics to computer science to biological engineering. Come and find out why your brain is the most complicated thing we have yet to understand.

W6472: Fingerpercing in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Everybody likes to fingerpaint. Everyone wants to be awesome and beatbox. Why not combine the two? **Bonus points if you can do them simultaneously!