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 at Zoo Atlanta (with Joe Mendelson).

In Fall 2018, I will be conducting fieldwork in Bihar, India as a visiting research scholar in the Evolution, Variation, and Ontogeny of Learning Laboratory (EVO Learn Lab) led by Cristine Legare at UT Austin.

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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

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

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

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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