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Splash at Northwestern: Spring Splash May 27th, 2023!

NU Splash Biography

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TORI LARSEN, NU Junior studying Biology/Anthropology/Philosophy

College: Northwestern University

Major: Biology/Anthropology

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Growing up I was always fascinated with perception, or rather, how people interpret the world around them. As I got older I loved exploring fascinating perspectives of this fundamental question through biology, philosophy, anthropology, art, education, and more! I love thinking critically, skeptically, and compassionately about many issues facing science and our society at large.

Through my year of experience as a Teaching Assistant as well as my years of experience researching I have developed a passion for investigation and an equal urge to share that passion with others by helping them grow as researchers and curious human beings!

Past Classes

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S272: The Power of Perception in Splash 2014 (Apr. 06, 2014)
Why do you think that kitten is cute? How could someone think a rubber hand is their own? How can a color make you taste apple or feel excited? The way in which we understand the world is controlled by our brain, which processes the information gathered by our 5 senses and then combines it into complex thoughts and actions. In this class we will explore the limitations of our perception through fun sensory illusions and experiments. We will also go into the neuroscience behind each illusion! Additionally we will have a guided discussion about social perception, mind-body connections, and the implications of individual differences in perception.