ESP Biography

STEPHANIE ZHANG, Stanford Junior studying Symbolic Systems

Major: Education

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hey there! My name is Stephanie, and I am currently a junior studying Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Neuroscience. I enjoy learning about how people (especially children!) learn and love studying all things related to minds and machines.

Past Classes

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S6766: Understanding Memory -Insights from Cognitive Science in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Why is it so hard to remember class material for a test? Why are some memories more vivid than others? Why can certain smells trigger highly emotional memories? This class hits some of the highlights of what is currently known about memory and learning in Psychology. We'll discuss how memory works and share strategies on how you can improve your own memory. After this course, you'll have a better appreciation for how memory contributes to our consciousness and personhood.

S5542: The Building Blocks of Brains in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
How does the 8 pound organ in our skulls construct the reality that we perceive? In this hands-on seminar, we'll be learning about the building blocks of our brains and ponder some of life's biggest questions regarding memory and perception!

S5351: How to Grow a Mind in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
When it comes to understanding our world, whether it's learning concepts, acquiring language or grasping causal relations, our minds make inferences that appear to go far beyond the data available. How do we do it? In this class, we'll look at how bayesian inferences allow us to use abstract knowledge to guide learning and reasoning. We will touch on various topics from developmental psychology, statistics and computer science.