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Stamatios Kandris: Mind Games 

Stamatios Kandris“It’s fascinating to study about thought and how the human mind works.”

Before Transylvania had a neuroscience major, Stamatios Kandris '11 knew he wanted to study the workings of the human mind. Because of the interdisciplinary curriculum at Transylvania, he found a double major that would lead him down his chosen academic path.

"I had computer science professor Kenny Moorman teaching about artificial intelligence and philosophy professor Jack Furlong teaching morality and philosophy," he said. "The two created a perfect mentor."

In the end, Kandris graduated with a double major. With today's program offerings, a student with Kandris's interests could choose to major in neuroscience with an emphasis in computer science.

After graduating, the native of Athens, Greece, went on to the prestigious University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study in the cognitive science master's program.

Cognitive science is the study of the mind, including brain functions and artificial intelligence, which has gained importance with technological advances. Kandris was well prepared because of his exposure to a wide range of subjects at Transylvania, including classes such as Mental Organs with Furlong and Moorman.

Kandris found there were not many schools that offered the graduate program he was looking for, so when he finally ran across Edinburgh, he got excited.

"I looked into the program and the courses, and it was exactly what I wanted," Kandris said. "It's one of the best schools for cognitive science. It's fascinating to study about thought and how the human mind works. I want to figure out what is going on in our heads using different methods than what we know already."

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