Who

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Hello, I’m Parker.

I’m an active composer, multi-instrumental musician, and developmental psychology researcher. I’m currently a doctorate candidate and NSF IGERT Fellow in UConn’s program in Language Plasticity. (To view my CV click here.) My research interests include infant music perception and cognition, experience-dependent auditory plasticity, and dynamic models of human cognition and development. More recently, I’ve become interested in dynamical and complex systems theory, embodied cognition, and machine learning (e.g., deep learning).

(source: http://www.lvrj.com/living/unlv-lab-studies-links-between-music-child-development-133318003.html)

For 2+ years, I was the lab manager for Dr. Erin E. Hannon’s  Auditory Cognition and Development Lab. In 2012, I authored a book about teaching music in the classroom with a popular DAW called Mixcraft. The book has proven to be a useful resource for music educators and is currently being distributed by Hal Leonard, the world’s leading publisher of sheet music. In 2014, I became the lead copywriter and content-creator for a top-five music technology and instrument company. Later that year, I joined the Auditory Brain Research (ABR) Lab at UConn and am currently advised by Drs. Adam Sheya and Erika Skoe.

Great thinkers who influenced me:

Gathered here is an abridged list of quotes that have deeply influenced my thoughts on science, economics, music, and politics:

“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.” ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“The true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to dissuade. But to produce a uniform pattern of public utterances in which the first trace of unorthodox thought reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.” – Leonard Shapiro, on Stalinism

“Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true, but other things are believed simply because they have been asserted repeatedly.” – Thomas Sowell, Economic Facts and Fallacies

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” – Milton Friedman

“There is but one kind of unity possible in a world as diverse as ours. It is unity of method, rather than aim; the unity of disciplined experiment.” – Walter Lippmann

“I would say even to play jazz badly, you have to be better than most musicians.” – Robert Glasper

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