I hate when people are intimidated by neuroscience. I mean, I get why people are. I think that’s why I hate when people are. It’s definitely not your fault, but it’s also not as scary as it seems.
As a psychology undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, my Intro to Physiology class scared the pants off of me. I mean, it was really exciting to think about the relationship our brain structure and function has to our behavior, I thought it was insanely cool, but it was also really unnerving to be thrown into scary terminology and complex systems. It was only after my undergraduate years when I was working as a behavior interventionist with kids with autism that I started reading about the brain’s relationship in autism spectrum disorder, and being able to relate physiological abnormalities to symptoms I was already familiar with was really fascinating to me. I was accepted into a Master’s program at San Diego State University working under Drs. Ralph-Axel Müller and Inna Fishman in investigating the neural basis of ASD. Thus begun my (definitely frightening but really fascinating) journey into the exciting world of multimodal neuroimaging.