“Playing sports or doing something artsy really allows me to be zoned in on the present moment. And I don’t think that research does that for me. Honestly, the nitty-gritty of research isn’t that interesting. Most of the time you’re just sitting there, looking at data, crunching data, collecting data. These day-to-day tasks aren’t exciting to me. What’s exciting is the end result. When you look at the output and you compare the numbers and see if your predictions were right, that’s a moment of great excitement. But everything up to that point isn’t that exciting.”
I was participating in a UCI neurobiology study and afterwards I had a pretty great conversation with the researcher conducting it, Jacky.