Princeton Splash
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Splash Biography

JAAN ALTOSAAR, Princeton grad student studying machine learning.

Major: Physics

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Jaan graduated from McGill (in Canada) in 2013, having studied math and physics. He is currently in the Physics PhD program studying machine learning, collective behavior in animal groups, and computational neuroscience. When not doing research, he can be found jamming on the piano, meditating, or working on His personal website is at

Past Classes

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X145: How the latest neuroscience, biochemistry, and psychology research can help you be happier and succeed at school and life in Splash Spring 14 (Apr. 26, 2014)
Did you know that how long you could wait for a marshmallow as a kid correlates better to your future success than your IQ? We will discuss recent advances in neuroscience and psychology and how they can help us understand ourselves and help with motivation. You will leave with insights into how to apply science of habit formation, creativity, and intelligence to your life, and (hopefully) a sense that yes, you can finally start that project you've been putting off!

X146: Why wait? Meditate! in Splash Spring 14 (Apr. 26, 2014)
Thinking about nothing makes you smarter! Meditation has been shown to increase attention span, emotional awareness and control, and increase gray matter density in areas of the brain responsible for learning. It is especially useful for managing stress and increasing your attention span. Drop in for short sessions of guided and unguided meditation, and a primer on mindfulness and meditation in general. You will leave with a better understanding of what meditation is and how to practice it at home.

X147: How to find almost anything online, for free (and know whether you can trust it) in Splash Spring 14 (Apr. 26, 2014)
We will discuss the basics of torrents and filesharing online, as well as the legality and copyright issues of downloading various media and which apps and technologies to use to evade government (and other) surveillance online. We will review what is and isn't allowed under current US law, and how to stay safe and legal when downloading. Furthermore, we'll discuss how to know whether you can trust what you have downloaded. Please bring your computer if you wish to follow along with the demonstration!