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KandrisStamatios Kandris: Mind Games 

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

As a first-year student, Stamatios Kandris '11 considered designing his own major, but he quickly realized that because of the interdisciplinary study that's offered at Transylvania he didn't need to. "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."

Kandris graduated with a double major in philosophy and computer science. The native of Athens, Greece, went on to the prestigious University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, 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 been of increased importance in recent years with technological advances. Kandris was well prepared because of his exposure to a wide range of subjects in his Transylvania classes, such as Mental Organs with Furlong and Moorman.

Kandris found there were not many schools that offered the exact program he wanted, 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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