Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
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This page contains some information about me and my work, as well as some resources that you might find helpful if you are interested in working in our lab, contacting me, enrolling in one of my courses, etc. You may also want to visit our main lab webpage, or see a list of publications.
Contact MeFeel free to write to me with questions about research, courses, joining the lab, etc.:
Research OpportunitiesInterested in joining our lab group? We will be actively considering applications for graduate students during the 2018-2019 application cycle (i.e., to begin in Fall 2019). Additionally, there are positions available for especially dedicated undergraduate research assistants. You can learn more about all the positions available in our lab over at our opportunities page. You can also always feel free to send Chaz a note!
CoursesI am the instructor for Introduction to Psychology (AS.200.101). We had an amazing first semester in Fall 2017, and we'll be doing it again in Fall 2018! You can get an idea of what the course is like from our Fall 2017 course webpage, located at intropsych.jhu.edu. We take requests.
Last semester (Spring 2018), I taught Thought & Perception (AS.150.476 / AS.200.316), together with Prof. Steven Gross. The course was about philosophical and psychological consequences of "rational" or "optimal" or "Bayesian" approaches to modeling the mind. You can learn more at our course website, philpsych.jhu.edu.
Before coming to Johns Hopkins, I did my graduate work in the Department of Psychology at Yale, where I worked primarily with Brian Scholl and also collaborated with Frank Keil. Before that, I earned an M.A. from the Department of Philosophy at Brown, where I was advised by Christopher Hill. I was also an undergraduate at Brown, where I was a member of the final graduating class of the Department of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences (which has since re-organized) and worked with Bill Warren in the Virtual Environment Navigation Lab. Because of someone else's very hard work, I know ~350 years of my academic lineage.
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, an objectively wonderful city to grow up in despite its record-breakingly awful hockey team. I don't know any of the cast members of Degrassi, though Drake did go to high school around the block from my house. I am not related to "those Firestones", but my grandmother was a pretty awesome lady (check out this video of her from 1963 singing on Canadian broadcast television in defiance of various sexist religious norms). This is a 3D print of my brain (at 1/8th scale by volume).
When I'm not doing cognitive science, one of my favorite hobbies is grappling.
I'm married to Rebecca Theise, a pediatric nurse practitioner who is also good at writing and throwing Frisbees.