I recently answered some questions from Skye Cleary, managing editor of the APA blog. Some of the interview questions were really fun. In fact, I ended up going over the word limit. So I had to delete some things. But if you’re interested in the deleted interview questions, then you can find some of them below. The main interview is here: “APA Member Interview: Nick Byrd“.
The Deleted Interview Questions
What time of day are you most productive and creative?
My mind is at its best in the first 6-7 hours of my day. When I’m smart, I use those hours to accomplish the most demanding and important things on my to-do list. But when I’m foolish, I waste that time on mindless and/or unimportant work.
What do you like to do outside work?
Hmm. It varies:
- Travel — I usually post my favorite memories on my Instagram page
- Read — I usually post my favorite stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and sometimes Pinterest
- Exercise — I usually post my workouts on my Strava profile
- Watch stand-up comedy — your recommendations are welcome
What is your favorite quote?
“You cannot escape philosophy.”
I’m guessing that this has been uttered in one form or another by many people in many contexts. The last time I saw this line was when I read “Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias” in Neuron. Here’s a free copy of the paper.
What is your least favorite type of fruit and why?
Mango. That smell. Yuck. I feel sick just thinking about it.
What would you like your last meal to be?
Whatever makes my body most useful to science.