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Andrea Kuszewski
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Researcher, Therapist, Artist, Writer, Strategist, Consultant, occasional stand-up comic. Not really that last one.
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  • Strategic and Scientific Consultant, 2013 - present
  • Syntience
    Robopsychologist, 2012 - present
  • Self
    Behavior Therapist and Consultant, a.k.a. The Child Whisperer, 1999 - present
  • IEET- Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
    Affiliate Scholar, 2010 - present
  • VORTEX-Integrative Science Improving Societies
    Researcher & Random Awesomeness Coordinator of the Creativity Division, 2011 - present
  • The Linus Group
    Senior Strategic Planner, 2012 - 2013
  • GGI (George Greenstein Institute)
    Brain Awareness Fellow, 2011 - 2012
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Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
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Science. Communication. Visual art. Psychology. I want to revolutionize education. My main research interests are creativity, intelligence, autism, exceptional ability, x-altruism and sociopathy, and what motivates people to change their behavior.

Passionate about creative collaborative projects that integrate science, art, communication, and tech. 

Freelance science writer, author, and rabble-rouser. You can read some of my work on psychology and neuroscience on Scientific American here, here, here, and here. You can find re-posts of a lot of my blog writing on IEET.

I am a freelance strategist and scientific consultant, and public speaker. I investigate the science behind human behavior and motivation, using this information to create strategies that incite change in others, on both an individual and corporate level.

I'm also having fun on the bleeding edge of Artificial Intelligence research at the intersection of psychology and technology, in the emerging field of Robopsychology, or AI Psychology. I investigate creativity, intelligence, and learning, in both humans and machines. Someday I hope we can replicate human creative cognition in AI. 

I do all my own stunts. Without a net.

Open Science. Knowledge is power. 

Some of my art can be viewed here.

I'm a little obsessed with brains, glittery things, and Triceratops. Not necessarily in that order. 

Also, I'm a huge nerd.

Did I mention science?

+Ryan Crowe wrote a really nice piece about me for the 'Unofficial' Google+ Recommended Users Spotlight. It makes me sound pretty rad. He's pretty rad, too. :)



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In college, I was the secretary of my honor society, a cheerleader, and a Bacardi girl.
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Tallahassee, FL - Milwaukee, WI - Boston, MA - Cleveland, OH - Carbondale, IL - West Palm Beach, FL - Sheboygan, WI
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Real world creativity could be associated with a reduced ability to filter irrelevant sensory information, a new study reports.
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Your attention, please. People make mistakes every day because they lose focus. Maybe your car drifts across the center line or an error slips into a report at work.
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Wine drinking could help you burn fat (primarily in the liver) 

#SCIENCE! 
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+Steve Esterly - Albeit anecdotal evidence, in my professional experience, a liver that is less fatty is associated with a patient whose physique is also on the lighter side.  
Lighten up! ;-)
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Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.
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+Bobbo Seas 
Let's do some "Big Pharma math", shall we?

How many vaccinations do doctors recommend that people get in their lifetimes (let's say from birth into their 80's)  50?  60?

How long does it take an adult with high cholesterol to need 60 doses?  About two months.

Which do you think would be more profitable for Big Pharma?  Charge a lot for 60 vaccinations or develop cheap, effective ones so people can live long enough to take Lipitor for 20 years?
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As long as you've read the material over one time, you'd be better off sleeping than going over it again all night.
Want to ace that test tomorrow? Here's a tip: Put down the coffee and hit the sack.
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REM sleep definitely has an important role in learning, and NREM consolidates memories.
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I spent a very cold morning (30 degrees) to get this photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.  This is one of my favorite bridges, in one of my favorite towns. #landscapephotography   #bridgephotography   #SF  
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Well worth wait to get this picture 
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"Interestingly, while our study's external stimulation increased the incidence of mind wandering, rather than reducing the subjects' ability to complete the task, it caused task performance to become slightly improved. The external stimulation actually enhanced the subjects' cognitive capacity."
Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study, a wandering mind can impart a distinct cognitive advantage.
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I would totally agree with him on that +Richard Hay​​​ Personally I've found a lot of my solutions to big problems based on looking at other systems that are in completely different subject matter but may have similar flows or exchanges. Typically someone has identified a solution or a model which can be adapted to another system. I find that abstraction works wonders in freeing the mind to think more creatively in these scenarios. 

Just think of Newton staring at a glass beaker and then working out color theory.
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1. Knowing whether someone experiences infrequent distress or negative emotions is insufficient to know whether they are healthy.

2. Remove the negative from negative emotions and the positive from positive emotions. Emotions are tools. Learn to appreciate what is in your emotional toolbox. Learn how to use these tools more effectively and what works best in particular situations.

3. Instead of trying desperately to feel less distress, improve your ability to identify and describe what you are feeling at a given moment.

4. When we are better at differentiating emotions, intense distress becomes less problematic and sometimes, the ideal springboard to higher peaks. 
Here's what the recent generation of emotion researchers have uncovered - on their own, negative emotions are neither good nor bad. Emotions provide information. The problem is when they hinder important life goals or when people exert finite time and energy to get rid of these emotions so that fewer resources are available to invest in more meaningful pursuits.
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I recently read an article that gave advice that pairs well with your 2nd point. It suggested that, specifically in marital relationships (but really, any close relationship) that criticisms are turned into requests. I agree with this in many case examples (ie: "You spend too much time playing video games!" -> "Could you spend more time with me? I'm feeling neglected.")

It is important to understand (1) what is motivating the negative emotions, (2) what could be done about it, if something can be done, and (3) the manner in which the solution should be carried out.

What becomes most difficult are complex issues where someone is feeling a highly negative distress response to a situation/problem/person and can't put a timestamp on when or what should be done about it.
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You probably think you have to multitask to accomplish everything on your to-do list and still have a few precious minutes to unwind at the end of the day. But research suggests you're probably not as good at doing things at once as you might think. ...
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(Medical Xpress)—Are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study by Xiaosi Gu and Terry Lohrenz from Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a person's neurological response to an addictive substance and ...
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Hahaha... One does not got into science for the money. :)
 
Anyone who has ever gotten into backyard astronomy, or even professional astronomy knows this is true!
#scienceeveryday   #scienceiscool   #astronomy  
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One evidence can destroy the common sense, or myth. Neil degrasse tyson is the example. If you study and then be poor, that is your problem. If you want to be the average Joe, you will fail in any field. Learn something is not just passing a course, but also letting you practice the knowledge in reality.
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Hahaha!
 
Aww man, I can't wait for #StarWars Episode VII!
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