Featured Student: Matthew Kersting

Matthew Kersting is a Psychology major with a Brain, Behavior, and Health emphasis with a minor in Human Development.

When do you plan on graduating? Spring of 2020

Why did you major in Psychology? I chose psychological science as a major because I find human behavior fascinating. Insight into the various functions of human behavior and cognition can be helpful regardless of profession or lifestyle.

What are your plans for after graduation? Following graduation, I hope to attend a graduate program to further study the neurobiological nature of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, focusing on the social implications of reciprocity and altruism.

What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? Thus far, I would have to mark a three-way tie between my research involvement: being invited to Dr. Cowell’s neuroscience lab, working with Dr. Chu as a research and teaching assistant, and the opportunity to aid Dr. Holstead with her research this fall.

What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? Before graduation, I hope to publish research on psychological egoism and reciprocity in a scientific journal focusing on the evolution of human behavior.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy playing golf, reading (novels, philosophy, or science), watching sporting events (Go Pack), listening to music (this might sound like a cliché activity, but I have been assembling an extensive collection of albums for years of what music critics have deemed to be some of the best of all-time; if it shows up on a “best of” list, I want to have heard it), and seeing the world.

What else do you want people to know about you? I will talk about Star Wars and Batman endlessly if included in a conversation around the topics.

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