I’m a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Sciences programme at Georgia State University. I mainly work with Sarah Brosnan at the Laboratory for Comparative Economics and Behavioral Studies (CEBUS Lab) and some at Zoo Atlanta (through a collaboration with Joe Mendelson).

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Tara

Research

My research focuses on how animals and humans make adaptive decisions in uncertain environments. In particular, I’m interested in understanding decision-making biases and seemingly irrational behavior in the context of an individual’s physical and social environment.

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Teaching

At Georgia State, I’ll be teaching Intro to Research Design & Analysis in Spring 2019, have previously taught Intro to General Psychology and guest lectured on a range of topics in courses such as Psychology of Animal Behavior and Primate Models of Human Behavior.

Previously, I have taught Statistics for Psychologists and Intro to R programming and have run workshops to teach R and Python for data wrangling and visualization, stimulus presentation, and mathematical simulations.

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Code

My languages of choice are R and Python for all things data science, but I find my way around Matlab and SAS as well. I use LaTeX for typesetting and the usual suspects for web development.

Recently, I’ve been learning Java and XML for Android mobile development. My latest project is WhatsOb, an app for behavioral observations.

Do, or do not. There is no try.
— Master Yoda in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back