Who

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Hello, I’m Parker.

I’m a psychology researcher interested in the dynamics of language, music, and infant-child development. (To view my CV click here.) In my research, I use computational and dynamic modeling (e.g., neural networks, oscillatory networks), electrophysiology (e.g., EEG), and behavioral measurements to understand how infant and children acquire language and music skills. Much of my research operates from a “dynamics” framework, in which I leverage theory from dynamical systems theory and complexity theory to ground empirical data on music and language development. I also have pet interests in data science, machine learning, deep learning, R statistics, and data visualization. Before entering graduate school, I was the lab manager for Dr. Erin E. Hannon’s  Auditory Cognition and Development Lab for 2+ years. Currently, I am members of the Auditory Brain Research (ABR) Lab  and Music Dynamics Lab at UConn and am currently advised by Drs. Erika Skoe and Ed Large.

In addition to my research interests, I am an active musician, composer, and producer, having previously worked in the music manufacturing industry and written about music education and computer music prior to returning to graduate school. 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 worked in the music industry as the lead copywriter and content-creator for a top-five music technology and instrument company. Later that year, I returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in infant and child development.

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

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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