|Self portrait I suppose|
I'm (reluctantly) getting into my third week of classes now. It was fun getting introduced to new subjects, class styles, and people, but now it's time to get to work. I ended up staying in "Cognitive Neuroscience" despite my worries. Luckily, half of the work is a group research experiment, which means I can just be a really good listener, say a few comments here and there, and hopefully pick up a decent grade. It's still pretty challenging though. We have to conduct an experiment relating to cognitive neuroscience without access to advanced equipment like MRIs. But I think my group chose a fairly simple topic/design. It has already been hypothesized that when letters are slightly more spaced than normal, it is easier to recognize words. We are going to show words with different amounts of spacing between letters to our participants and record reaction times to see how the kerning effects orthographic processing. (See, I'm already picking up on fancy neuro-lingo!) ... I'll worry about the exam part of the unit later.
|View of the city from the reserve..|
this isn't even near as good as it gets.
...achin' to explore more!
I went for a walk up there again yesterday since we didn't get to explore much during class. I was surprised at the size of it. I was expecting something like Clark's Arboretum ... but this blows that poor patch out of the water. The view of the city is really great up there and I even caught the sun setting behind Mt. Wellington.
|Great end to a rainy day! ...notice the snow on Mt. Wellington.|