Hiroumi Kevin Jimbo
Hello, I am an intern research assistant of the TANC Lab. I am a fourth year undergraduate at University of California Sana Barbara studying for a B.S. in biopsychology. Initially I entered UCSB as a psychology major, interested in learning about the vast and still mysterious human mind. At the end of my freshmen year I noticed that there was a limit on what I can learn about psychology itself without some scientific knowledge on the brain. Though the additional four years of science combined with being behind a year meant long nights studying, I changed my major to biopsychology. At the end my better understanding of the brain has led to better understanding of our perception of our world and the mind. It was worth the two years of heavy schoolwork.
I experienced firsthand research as a research assistant for two labs in UCSB. For my sophomore year I took part in the Attention Lab by Professor Barry Gieshbrecht. The research in the lab emphasizes the consequences, control, and classification of selective attention. In his lab, I experienced working with EEG, gaining proficiency with the equipment. In addition, the specific experiment I assisted was done using an fMRI with EEG giving me an extraordinary experience with very expensive, complicating, and exciting equipment.
Right now, I am working as a research assistant in the VIU (Vision and Imaging Understanding) Lab by Professor Miguel P. Eckstein. As a research assistant I have taken part in experiments testing the ability to distinguish a stimulus at different eccentricity, size, and presence of color. I have participated in this lab since March of 2014 and have become acquainted with the usage of eye tracking equipment.
Other than my school work, I have been working hard trying to spread a further understanding of Japanese culture as the President of the Japanese Language Club. Even with the very small Japanese population at UCSB, I am pleased to see that there are people who are interested in Japan and Japanese exchange students willing to teach students about Japanese language and culture.
I am very enthusiastic in being part of a lab working with such an interesting but also contradictory topic. Most people seem to see precognition as a supernatural phenomenon that does not actually exist. I myself did not know about the scientific research done on precognition until seeing the TANC website, opening up a new field of research to me. Though it is not likely that we will find the ability to sense when the next natural disaster is going to happen or anything of that sort, I hope to see advancement in the scientific field of precognition.