Recently, I learned of my eligibility for honors research in the psychology department at Oberlin. I have decided to finally merge my interests in cognition, statistical modeling, and computer science by taking a machine learning and neural network approach to modeling chronic pain. The first step in this process is to create a network model that models the function of neurons in an area of cortex, which will be implemented in R utilizing Eugene Izhikevich’s Model of Spiking Neurons.
This summer, I have the privilege of serving as a remote collaborator for The Music Lab at Harvard University. I am working as part of the Natural History of Song project Discography team. The goal of the project is to create a database of recorded vocal music from cultures across the entire world.
I recently had the pleasure of representing Oberlin College and Conservatory at the 2018 Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. I presented on my current research in dynamic systems modeling and chronic pain with a presentation entitled “A New View of Pain: Dynamic Systems Modeling and Chronic Pain”.
The presentation can be downloaded below
A New View of Pain
Presenting A New View of Pain
Oberlin College Researchers at OUPRC 2018
This gallery displays samples of notes taken during the winter term project. Pen and paper work allows for careful planning and hypothesis testing alongside the software.
Compliance Equation Notes
Assumptions Underlying the Model
Pre-Work NOVA Modeling
Equation Building Notes
Graph Shape Predictions
A link to the website of the NOVA project: http://numerusinc.com
A link to the website for OMNI, the Oberlin Modeling Initiative: http://ocsites.oberlin.edu/omni/
This gallery serves to show the growth of the pain model over the course of its development during my winter term project.
Richard Salter’s Model of Pain from NOVA 2 Reconstructed in Numerus
Simple Logistic Model of Pain
Simple Logistic Model of Functionality
MEDAL group in Additive Compliance
Kramer/Darling Static Model of Pain and Functionality
Nested Capsule Architecture
Modular Model of Compliance
The Finalized Parent Capsule
Max began his studies in Psychology at the beginning of his freshman year at Oberlin College. After taking an introductory course and declaring a psychology major, he began to take a specific interest in merging his interests in computer interfaces and psychology, delving into articles on such subjects as cognitive science, psychometrics, and human computer interaction. In the fall of 2017, he was added to an undergraduate research project at Oberlin run by Professor Nancy Darling. It was at this point, under professor Darling’s mentor ship that Max began his studies in dynamic systems modeling as the project aimed to develop a model of chronic pain to help educate the public in systems thinking and the nature of pain and functionality.