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ESP Biography



DAVID ALTMAN, Stanford senior studying Psychology




Major: Psychology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

In my free time, I sing, hike, read fantasy/sci-fi novels, and watch stand-up comedy. In my less-free time, I'm a Stanford senior and Psychology major who will be attending medical school next year. I also volunteer at the Menlo Park VA, do cognitive sciences research, and work as a Resident Assistant. If you ever want to chat about anything I've listed here (or anything I haven't listed here, though how would you know?), feel free to ask me!



Past Classes

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H6403: Writing Personal Statements (and other essays) in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Do you want to get a head start on application essays? Does the thought of talking about yourself in an essay make you nervous? Do you just want general essay-writing advice? This is the class for you! We'll start with a seminar-style discussion of how to write a good personal statement (and a good essay in general), which will lead into a Q&A session. Finally, we'll leave some time to workshop essays together. Bring a personal statement (finished or unfinished) to work on. Or, if you don't have one, we'll brainstorm and start one together!


H6141: Writing Personal Statements (and other essays) in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Are you nervous about writing your personal statement? Not sure how to set yourself apart from every other applicant? Do you just want general essay-writing advice? This is the class for you! We'll start with a seminar-style discussion of how to write a good personal statement, which will lead into a Q&A session. Finally, we'll leave some time to workshop essays together. Bring a personal statement (finished or unfinished) to work on. Or, if you don't have one, we'll brainstorm and start one together!


B5206: Pre-Med Panel in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Curious what it takes during undergrad and medical school? Come hear from a panel of speakers about their experiences and tips as pre-med and medical students at Stanford!


B4757: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
So you’ve taken an intro neuro/psych class and know the basics of how your brain works. What’s left to learn? A lot, actually. Heard that information flows from dendrites to the cell body and down the axon to the postsynaptic cell, and not the other way around? Fetuses would die before birth and marijuana wouldn’t be so popular if that were actually true. Each half of the brain controls the opposite side of the body? Nope. Neurons all have axons and dendrites? Lies. Join us to learn about what was too hard, too mysterious, or too recently discovered to be included your previous neuro classes! In this discussion-based session, students will learn about advanced topics in neuroscience as they are asked to solve some of the most thought-provoking questions of the field. How can memories last a lifetime when the molecules that constitute them are being recycled on a daily basis? Can you design a viable method of mind control (yes, the technology already exists)? How could you deliberately create a false memory, or manipulate existing ones? And finally, the big question: What is consciousness?


L4537: Calm Down: Tips for Writing College Essays in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Are you nervous about writing your college application essays? Sure you are. Isn't everyone? But we've been through them already, and we think we did alright. So, if you'd like to pick our brains for advice or simply listen to us talk about what we think will help you, come chat with us.


B4322: Addiction to Schizophrenia: An Overview of Abnormal Psychology in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
We will cover the basics of a few key psychological disorders, including their etiology (biological and cognitive basis), symptoms, and treatment. The subject matter of this class may be sensitive for some people, and it is recommended that students be comfortable with learning about serious and sometimes upsetting psychological conditions.


L3923: Calm Down: Tips for Applying to College in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Are you nervous about college applications? Sure you are. Isn't everyone? But we've been through them already, and we think we did alright, so if you'd like to pick our brains for advice or simply listen to us talk about what we think will help you, come talk to us.