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xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:38:05 AM »
I thought I'd create a little space on the interwebs where I'd make public updates on inching my way towards getting into a Master's program ;D , and have a place to fall apart if I don't succeed. :(

The selection process occurs sometime in February/March and consists of a Specific Knowledge test, an English test and a curriculum analysis. If I get past that stage I will have to defend my project proposal to a committee who will decide whether to approve or not. It's a daunting process, and if I said it doesn't make me nervous I'd be lying. Besides that there is a small number of scholarships for the best placed candidates. Only six, I believe.

Some people say that publically exposing your goals helps in attaining them while others say the contrary. I don't have a formed opinion on that yet, we shall see. :grin:

Maybe now I'll have to learn how to effectively study. I've never developed that habit.  ::)
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 01:53:37 AM »
Well, Silver, you can be sure that all my crossable parts will be crossed for you. If mainly hoping that the fates will look kindly on you in their choice of examiners with adequate insight and foresight!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 02:18:24 AM »
Well, Silver, you can be sure that all my crossable parts will be crossed for you. If mainly hoping that the fates will look kindly on you in their choice of examiners with adequate insight and foresight!

I echo those sentiments. This is a good idea - almost like our own HAF reality show. When can we install the cameras in your house?

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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 06:16:00 AM »
Argentum:
 and have a place to fall apart if I don't succeed.

While I understand you are being quite specific about this goal, please realize, success is not measured in the number of attempts it takes. Remember, someone once said " The Beatles have no place in showbusiness", the guy who started Starbucks was rejected over 200 times.

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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 08:06:44 AM »
This sounds like a good idea. :smilenod:

...Maybe now I'll have to learn how to effectively study. I've never developed that habit.  ::)
I think that deep down, this is what's really making you nervous, not the selection process.  :grin:


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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 09:23:06 AM »
Well, Silver, you can be sure that all my crossable parts will be crossed for you. If mainly hoping that the fates will look kindly on you in their choice of examiners with adequate insight and foresight!

Thanks, Dave!  :)
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 09:28:25 AM »
Well, Silver, you can be sure that all my crossable parts will be crossed for you. If mainly hoping that the fates will look kindly on you in their choice of examiners with adequate insight and foresight!

I echo those sentiments. This is a good idea - almost like our own HAF reality show. When can we install the cameras in your house?

:lol: HAF reality show.

I don't know Hermes, my life would make a very boring reality show. :P
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 09:34:29 AM »
Argentum:
 and have a place to fall apart if I don't succeed.

While I understand you are being quite specific about this goal, please realize, success is not measured in the number of attempts it takes. Remember, someone once said " The Beatles have no place in showbusiness", the guy who started Starbucks was rejected over 200 times.

Don't let a single downfall, keep you down.

:thumbsup:

You're right, if I don't succeed, after I bawl for a day or two I'll get up and continue in the fight!  :cartoonviking:
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2017, 09:39:07 AM »
This sounds like a good idea. :smilenod:

...Maybe now I'll have to learn how to effectively study. I've never developed that habit.  ::)
I think that deep down, this is what's really making you nervous, not the selection process.  :grin:

:chin:

I think you may be right Mags. Feeling prepared lessens the nervousness...and I don't think I'll feel as prepared if I don't study.

*Shaking off the nervousness* :badger:
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2017, 10:23:47 AM »
Tell me a bit about the program you are planning on pursuing.

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 10:26:18 AM »
Looking forwards to following your journey.
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2017, 12:04:59 PM »
Tell me a bit about the program you are planning on pursuing.

You want the short answer or the long answer? :P

I'm just joking, I won't torture you with a lengthy reply. ;D

The program I'm planning on pursuing is a master's in neuroscience, specifically the neuroscience of memory. Even more specifically my project would be to investigate aversive memory reconsolidation mechanisms in humans which involve a mismatch between what is expected and outcome. According a research group in Argentina I will be collaborating with, this type of mismatch is a way to make memories labile again, that is, prone to disruption. Labile memories can be changed or updated and become less aversive. This can have valuable applications in the treatment of people with anxiety disorders such as PTSD, whose pathological memories are robust, maladaptive and often triggered out of context.
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2017, 12:06:25 PM »
Looking forwards to following your journey.

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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2017, 12:15:29 PM »
So, things started out really well. :sidesmile:

Tomorrow I start my second internship in a university hospital lab and I couldn't remember the time I was told to come to meet everybody. Was it 12h30 or 2h30...they look so similar! I had to send an email to the supervisor to ask. She seemed cool about it though, and quickly replied. 

The science of forgetting is frontier stuff!
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Re: xSilverPhinx's Journey Towards A Master's Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2017, 12:18:12 PM »
Tell me a bit about the program you are planning on pursuing.

You want the short answer or the long answer? :P

I'm just joking, I won't torture you with a lengthy reply. ;D

The program I'm planning on pursuing is a master's in neuroscience, specifically the neuroscience of memory. Even more specifically my project would be to investigate aversive memory reconsolidation mechanisms in humans which involve a mismatch between what is expected and outcome. According a research group in Argentina I will be collaborating with, this type of mismatch is a way to make memories labile again, that is, prone to disruption. Labile memories can be changed or updated and become less aversive. This can have valuable applications in the treatment of people with anxiety disorders such as PTSD, whose pathological memories are robust, maladaptive and often triggered out of context.

Sort of reprogramming a memory to get a better experience out of it.  Sort of.