Suraj Sood

Suraj Sood
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Doctor of Philosophy
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Introduction
I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. My areas of research include humanistic-existential psychology, environmental psychology, psychoinformatics, human-computer interaction (HCI), theoretical/philosophical psychology, global and local problem-solving, (post)phenomenology, and computer engineering.
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - April 2017
University of West Georgia
Position
  • Research Assistant
October 2013 - August 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara
Position
  • Research Assistant
October 2013 - December 2013
University of California, Santa Barbara
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2015 - May 2020
University of West Georgia
Field of study
  • Humanistic Psychology
September 2010 - June 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara
Field of study
  • Psychology, Philosophy

Publications

Publications (30)
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The purposes of this paper are threefold. First, I review and critique dominant perspectives on personality including Freudian psychodynamic, neo-analytic (Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, and Karen Horney), “third-person” (trait and biological), and third force (existential-humanistic and positive) psychologies. Next, I situate personality in relation to...
Research
Book Review of Chris Abel's 'The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes and Minds'
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This article focuses on how a more reciprocally-beneficial relation between humans and planetary ecologies can be achieved. Global problems and their potential solutions are considered from the perspectives of research non-profit The Millennium Project, the United Nations, the late cyberneticist Gregory Bateson, and the late psychoanalyst Felix Gua...
Preprint
In this article, it is taken for granted that fully-human artificial intelligence—a term used to denote artificial life that is, in principle, more human than strong AI would be—must possess operational faculties for consciousness and selfhood. After clarifying relevant questions surrounding the interested socio-psychological phenomena, progress in...
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This article reviews the situation of poverty in Georgia, United States. It focuses on the adverse consequences of the cliff effect. The cliff effect disincentivizes individuals from escaping poverty by increasing the cost of life once their incomes increase above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). A Photovoice project case study along with existing...
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In this article, it is taken for granted that fully-human artificial intelligence—a term used to denote artificial life that is, in principle, more human than strong AI would be—must possess operational faculties for consciousness and selfhood. After clarifying relevant questions surrounding the interested sociopsychological phenomena, progress in...
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Language is a defining characteristic of higher order species—particularly of us, homo sapiens. For that reason, it is only appropriate to conclude that linguistic capability—the ability to understand and generate natural language—is essential in any tools that we build for cognitive assistance. Fast and superior automated solutions exist in most o...
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Consciousness enables experience, and each can be placed on a spectrum [1, 14]. Experience is more robust and multidirectional, though the possibility exists for it to be bidirectional (particularly for the geometrician working along a line, but also generally when considering between two given options). Consciousness is synonymous informally with...
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Consciousness enables experience, and each can be placed on a spectrum [1, 14]. Experience is more robust andmultidirectional, though the possibility exists for it to be bidirectional (particularly for the geometrician working along a line, but also generally when considering between two given options). Consciousness is synonymous informally with a...
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This article focuses on how a more reciprocally-beneficial relation between humans and planetary ecologies can be achieved. Global problems and their potential solutions are considered from the perspectives of research non-profit The Millennium Project, the United Nations, the late cyberneticist Gregory Bateson, and the late psychoanalyst Felix Gua...
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As “nurtural” (rather than merely natural) kinds of human beings, people are complex and multifaceted. Any complete human science would require a complete theory of persons. Accomplishing the latter is the core objective of the present article.
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In the originally published version of chapter 6, in section 4, an incorrect statement was made. This statement has been corrected as follows: “...System 1 consists of unconscious affect and System 2 consists of conscious cognition...”.
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The healthcare industry is inundated with elder, disabled, and partial-use care issues such as falls in homes with no available aid present. This article’s thesis is that bio-support in the form of biomimetic artificial intelligence (AI) is not yet fully-exploited within the stated problem space. This article summarizes analyses conducted using Han...
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This article builds upon a formal person-situation framework by offering formalisms for its subcomponents, as well as for reality more generally. More specifically, a system of mathematical formalisms is offered relating the following constructs: holarchy, reality, and psychological reality. Psychological reality is offered a portmanteau in the neo...
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A modestly formal systematic representation for “knowledge” is presented in the context of structured cognition. This representation places knowledge artifacts (“data”, “facts”, “rules”, etc. to be defined later) into a hierarchy. This hierarchy aligns naturally with “stages” or “levels” often observed in intelligent biological and mechanical syste...
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The standard approach to immersive virtual reality (VR) is arguably “object-centric” in that it aims to design physically realistic virtual experiences. This article deems the object-centric approach both philosophically and theoretically problematic and builds up to an alternative, “action-predicated” approach, whose aim is to simulate virtual exp...
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Previously, we showed that dividing 2D datasets into grid boxes could give satisfactory estimation of cluster count by detecting local maxima in data density relative to nearby grid boxes. The algorithm was robust for datasets with clusters of different sizes and distributions deviating from Gaussian distribution to a certain degree. Given the diff...
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This paper explores utilization of bots created to play as participants in two games that have relevance in the field of economics. The first game is an iterated version of the prisoner’s dilemma that has relevance to decisions requiring trust while conducting business and involves a binary decision. The simulation examines one dimension of the Mye...
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This paper undertakes to answer the questions of how humanness is to be defined and computationally functionalized, as well as of how person-situation interaction is to be formalized mathematically. Complexity science and psychoinformatics are the two primary fields considered in addressing these questions. A novel “psychoinformatic complexity” (PI...
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This paper explores utilization of bots created to play as participants in two games that have relevance in the field of economics. The first game is an iterated version of the prisoner’s dilemma that has relevance to decisions requiring trust while conducting business and involves a binary decision. The simulation examines one dimension of the Mye...
Poster
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I examined the field of psychology and its relations to distinct global problem areas. My study was mixed in that it employed philosophical/theoretical, quantitative , and qualitative methods. Ken Wilber's AQAL ("all quadrants, all lev-els") model of reality was selected as the study's fundamental metaphysics and epistemology, since psychology and...
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Twitter accounts are used for a multitude of reasons, including social, commercial, political, religious, and ideological purposes. The wide variety of activities on Twitter may be automated or non-automated. Any serious attempt to explore the nature of the vast amount of information being broadcast over such a medium may depend on identifying a po...
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This paper takes up the explication and ethical analysis of three broad topics of global importance. The first is environmental degradation (viz., anthropogenic global warming); second, the popularized notion of an ultimate techno-human ‘singularity’, subsets of which are artificial life/intelligence and transhumanism; and third, interpersonal viol...
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Just as masses and charges give rise to gravitational and electric fields, the online behaviors of individuals engaged in online social discourse give rise to an “emotional context” that conditions, and is conditioned by, these behaviors. Using Information Geometry and Unsupervised Learning, we have formulated a mathematical field theory for modeli...

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