The (Mis)measure of (Wo)men
25th May – 9th June
Tue, Th – 6:30 to 8pm
Pre-college courses to explore specific disciplines
3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays
India's best faculty, amazing peers & learning support
Completion certificate from ashoka university
About The Course
Psychologists love measuring attributes. But how would you measure something as diverse and as subjective as human behavior? How do you measure anger, grief, hope, happiness? How do you measure all of these but keep cross-cultural and ethical concerns in mind? How do you avoid the traps of the enormous amount of pseudoscience that is peddled off as research? This course will introduce you to the idea of rigorous measurements, the science of psychometrics and applying it with a nuanced contextual understanding. Through readings and assignments, you will also work individually and in groups to debunk common myths in human behavior. As the course name indicates, we will be focussing on how gender has been largely misunderstood as a construct and basis of human behavior.”
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Ph.D. University of Rochester
Simantini (Simi) Ghosh is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ph.D. coordinator at the Department of Psychology, Ashoka University. She did her bachelors in Physiology (Hons) from Presidency College, Calcutta and obtained her Masters’ degree in Biochemistry from the University of Calcutta and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.
As a postdoctoral research scholar in Neurology in Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, she worked on an NIH-funded project to study behavioral effects of repetitive concussive traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease brain-derived fractions in rodents. During her PhD, she taught extensively to a diverse audience of undergraduate, medical and graduate students and trained lab personnel and eventually discovered the joy in teaching and interacting with minds that are impressionable. Outside work she enjoys reading, listening to classic and alternative rock, jazz and blues, writing and photography.
Learning Support for the Course
Manasa Veluvali – Teaching Assistant
Manasa graduated from Ashoka University with a bachelors in Psychology (Hons.) and returned to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. She focuses on clinical psychology and neuroscience, and aims to work towards improving treatments for adolescent depression and mental health advocacy. Soon, she will embark on a Masters in Clinical Psychology at University of Reading, UK. She spends her free time learning languages (most recently, Farsi), creating mixed-media art, and watching small-town crime series.