After making a pragmatic decision to graduate with a degree in engineering, I decided to make an un-pragmatic decision to be a professional poker player — I played heads-up no-limit hold ’em as my sole source of income for a year and a half. After a year and a half I was tired of the zero sum world of poker and decided to make my most un-pragmatic decision: get a masters degree in psychology. Since then I have been researching how people make decisions across various contexts, generally about money and time.
This fall I will continue researching time and money in the cognitive psychology department. Specifically I am interested in how individual differences — from your economic background to how you move your eyes — alter how much you discount the future. I love investigating how people interact with the world and make decisions with incomplete information and under uncertainty.