Degree Program: PhD
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I am a PhD student in the Biocultural Medical Anthropology program at the University of Alabama. I previously attended the University of South Alabama, where I completed a MS in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and a BA in Psychology. I work with Dr. Christopher Lynn in the Human Behavioral Ecology Lab, currently investigating how the multisensory characteristics of fire influence relaxation. I’m interested in applying theories of sensorimotor embodiment and neuroanthropology to better understand human cognitive evolution and sociocultural adaptations resulting from habitual fire-use. My interdisciplinary approach will allow me to consider the ecological, psychological, and physiological events prompting focused attention and stress reduction in hearth and campfire settings.