Nick Byrd, PhD Candidate is creating Free Summaries of Psychology Research
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The public doesn't always have access to publicly-funded research – weird, right? So I spend some of my time and money making my research public — i.e., blogging. But as a grad student, I only make about $17,000 a year. So I don't have much extra money to pay for this. Right now I use ads to cover some of the costs. In the future, I hope that I can eliminate ads from my website.

That is why I am thankful to Patreon subscribers. They help me make my research publicly accessible. 

To learn more about me see below. I wish you well! 

www.byrdnick.com/blog

POPULAR POSTS
The Bias Fallacy  
The Appeal to Intuition: A Fallacy?
Experimental Philosophy 2.0: The Neuroscience of Philosophy
30+ Online Resources For Studying & Teaching Philosophy
40+ Podcasts About Cognitive Science, Philosophy
Voting Third-Party: A Wasted Vote?
Addiction Vs. Habit: An Infographic
50+ Cognitive Science and/or Philosophy Blogs
Crystal Meth & Your Brain: An Infographic

WHO AM I?
I work in the philosophy department and the psychology department at Florida State University. In my free time, I enjoy exercise, stand up comedy, making stuff, gong to be early, spending time with my partner, or some combination thereof. For more about me, check out www.byrdnick.com/



MY RESEARCH


Reasoning
Why do we believe what we do? Why do we doubt what we doubt? Why do we accept some evidence, but not all evidence? Are we biased? How? What exactly do we mean by 'bias'? Can we reduce bias? Can we reverse bias? How? Should we? I defend the view that bias is the realized by — among other things — associations. I also argue that bias can be partly inhibited by reasoning. 

Willpower 
Why do we give in to temptation? What makes us persevere through difficult tasks? Is it willpower? What is willpower? How does it work? Can we improve it? How? I argue that willpower is the result of a network of variables. We can control some of these variables, but we cannot control all of them. Interestingly, other people and institutions can control some of the variables in our willpower network that we cannot control. You might be surprised at some of the variables that comprise our willpower network. Gut bacteria? Other people? 

Wellbeing 
What are the signs that a life is going well? What causes a life to go well (or to not go well)? Can we manipulate and control certain variables to make lives better? How? I defend a causal network account of wellbeing: wellbeing is the result of positive self-reinforcing causal networks (e.g., something good happens, which improves your mood, which improves your motivation, which improves your productivity, which improves your percieved goal attainment, which improves your mood, which [...etc.]). I also argue that we can make sense of ill-being in a similar way: negative causal networks. For example, some cases of depression are perpetuated by self-reinforcing negative causal networks. And sometimes depression is relieved by intervening on the nodes in these causal networks (e.g., medication, deep brain stimulation, etc.).  

THE FUTURE: podcasts, YouTube, etc.
Someday I hope to have time for a podcast (and maybe an active YouTube channel) dedicated to cognitive science and its researchers (but that would require more money (and maybe time) than I currently have). I'm also considering turning my course material into free online content — again, that would take time. Maybe Patreon can help me out with that.

For now, I hope to have enough money from Patreon to eliminate ads on my website and to upgrade my web-hosting to accommodate spikes in traffic.

HOW TO FIND/FOLLOW ME
You can find me doing various things at various places on the internet.

SOCIAL NETWORKS
Facebook
: https://www.facebook.com/byrdnick/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/byrd_nick
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110083471423200828764...
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickbyrd
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/byrdnick/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/byrd.nick/

ACADEMIC NETWORKS

Academia.edu: https://fsu.academia.edu/NickByrd
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d3prs2Y....
Mendeley: https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/nick-byrd2/
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5475-5941
PhilPapers: http://philpapers.org/profile/35350
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nick_Byrd2
Social Science Research Network: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?p...
Tiers
Mentions & Links
$1 or more per month
Any contribution includes being mentioned and linked to (only if you want that, of course) in a forthcoming post. To be mentioned/linked, just send me your name and whatever URL you want me to send people. I'll mention/link to you about a month later.
Questions & Answers
$2 or more per month
If you commit to this, then you'll automatically get the $1 reward and I'll answer any question you've got about the philosophy and science of reasoning. I'll post my answer on the blog (and give you credit for asking the question, unless you want to remain anonymous, of course). The answer is posted about a month after you commit. Don't forget to send me your question!
Don't Do It!
$3 or more per month
Don't give me this much money! That'd just make me uncomfortable. ...I mean, I guess if you enjoy making people uncomfortable, then I you could give me this much money. Your reward would be my discomfort about your giving me too much money. 
Advertise
$50 or more per month
Want to advertise something related to philosophy and cognitive science? No problem. It's just $50 per month.

Email me an image that is no larger than 248x600 pixels and the link that you want people to be directed to when they click.

Once the $50 has been received, I'll post the image for a month. I'll continue posting the ad until you want to stop or until there are other advertisers waiting to have their ad featured.

(No more than 3 Patrons per month).
Goals
5% complete
Remove ads! To cover the cost of my site, I deliver one ad to each visitor. If I reach this goal, then I can get rid of these ads! I hate ads as much as the next person, so (trust me) I look forward to this as much as anyone.
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The public doesn't always have access to publicly-funded research – weird, right? So I spend some of my time and money making my research public — i.e., blogging. But as a grad student, I only make about $17,000 a year. So I don't have much extra money to pay for this. Right now I use ads to cover some of the costs. In the future, I hope that I can eliminate ads from my website.

That is why I am thankful to Patreon subscribers. They help me make my research publicly accessible. 

To learn more about me see below. I wish you well! 

www.byrdnick.com/blog

POPULAR POSTS
The Bias Fallacy  
The Appeal to Intuition: A Fallacy?
Experimental Philosophy 2.0: The Neuroscience of Philosophy
30+ Online Resources For Studying & Teaching Philosophy
40+ Podcasts About Cognitive Science, Philosophy
Voting Third-Party: A Wasted Vote?
Addiction Vs. Habit: An Infographic
50+ Cognitive Science and/or Philosophy Blogs
Crystal Meth & Your Brain: An Infographic

WHO AM I?
I work in the philosophy department and the psychology department at Florida State University. In my free time, I enjoy exercise, stand up comedy, making stuff, gong to be early, spending time with my partner, or some combination thereof. For more about me, check out www.byrdnick.com/



MY RESEARCH


Reasoning
Why do we believe what we do? Why do we doubt what we doubt? Why do we accept some evidence, but not all evidence? Are we biased? How? What exactly do we mean by 'bias'? Can we reduce bias? Can we reverse bias? How? Should we? I defend the view that bias is the realized by — among other things — associations. I also argue that bias can be partly inhibited by reasoning. 

Willpower 
Why do we give in to temptation? What makes us persevere through difficult tasks? Is it willpower? What is willpower? How does it work? Can we improve it? How? I argue that willpower is the result of a network of variables. We can control some of these variables, but we cannot control all of them. Interestingly, other people and institutions can control some of the variables in our willpower network that we cannot control. You might be surprised at some of the variables that comprise our willpower network. Gut bacteria? Other people? 

Wellbeing 
What are the signs that a life is going well? What causes a life to go well (or to not go well)? Can we manipulate and control certain variables to make lives better? How? I defend a causal network account of wellbeing: wellbeing is the result of positive self-reinforcing causal networks (e.g., something good happens, which improves your mood, which improves your motivation, which improves your productivity, which improves your percieved goal attainment, which improves your mood, which [...etc.]). I also argue that we can make sense of ill-being in a similar way: negative causal networks. For example, some cases of depression are perpetuated by self-reinforcing negative causal networks. And sometimes depression is relieved by intervening on the nodes in these causal networks (e.g., medication, deep brain stimulation, etc.).  

THE FUTURE: podcasts, YouTube, etc.
Someday I hope to have time for a podcast (and maybe an active YouTube channel) dedicated to cognitive science and its researchers (but that would require more money (and maybe time) than I currently have). I'm also considering turning my course material into free online content — again, that would take time. Maybe Patreon can help me out with that.

For now, I hope to have enough money from Patreon to eliminate ads on my website and to upgrade my web-hosting to accommodate spikes in traffic.

HOW TO FIND/FOLLOW ME
You can find me doing various things at various places on the internet.

SOCIAL NETWORKS
Facebook
: https://www.facebook.com/byrdnick/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/byrd_nick
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110083471423200828764...
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickbyrd
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/byrdnick/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/byrd.nick/

ACADEMIC NETWORKS

Academia.edu: https://fsu.academia.edu/NickByrd
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d3prs2Y....
Mendeley: https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/nick-byrd2/
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5475-5941
PhilPapers: http://philpapers.org/profile/35350
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nick_Byrd2
Social Science Research Network: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?p...

Recent posts by Nick Byrd, PhD Candidate

Tiers
Mentions & Links
$1 or more per month
Any contribution includes being mentioned and linked to (only if you want that, of course) in a forthcoming post. To be mentioned/linked, just send me your name and whatever URL you want me to send people. I'll mention/link to you about a month later.
Questions & Answers
$2 or more per month
If you commit to this, then you'll automatically get the $1 reward and I'll answer any question you've got about the philosophy and science of reasoning. I'll post my answer on the blog (and give you credit for asking the question, unless you want to remain anonymous, of course). The answer is posted about a month after you commit. Don't forget to send me your question!
Don't Do It!
$3 or more per month
Don't give me this much money! That'd just make me uncomfortable. ...I mean, I guess if you enjoy making people uncomfortable, then I you could give me this much money. Your reward would be my discomfort about your giving me too much money. 
Advertise
$50 or more per month
Want to advertise something related to philosophy and cognitive science? No problem. It's just $50 per month.

Email me an image that is no larger than 248x600 pixels and the link that you want people to be directed to when they click.

Once the $50 has been received, I'll post the image for a month. I'll continue posting the ad until you want to stop or until there are other advertisers waiting to have their ad featured.

(No more than 3 Patrons per month).