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Crystal Ramirez ’14

How did you choose your area of study?

I chose neuroscience because I’ve always been interested in neurological disorders such as epilepsy and the mysteries behind them. One of the greatest experiences that I’ve had at Lake Forest College is doing research with Professor Glassman my junior year. We studied how restraining self-control might affect a person’s ability to choose risky decisions by examining participants’ brainwaves. Another great experience that I’ve had thanks to the neuroscience department was being able to attend a Society for Neuroscience conference. It was fascinating to be able to learn from my peers who were presenting their research and from other noteworthy researchers. My next step is to attend graduate school in order to fulfill my ultimate goal of becoming a clinical psychologist for children and adolescents.