Autobiography

OR

Exciting Tales of Prauncing Pyrates, Comœdic Costardmongers,
 Barb'rous Beastes, & Worthie Wisards

My name is Ryan Boyd. I was born in Lafayette, Indiana.

When I was a wee lad, my family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, the place where I received the majority of my education. Early on, I had a great deal of interest programming and technology -- I wanted to be a "videogames maker" or a "dinosaur scientist" when I grew up. If you need a good home for your cloned dinosaur, I'm still interested.

I acquired a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University in 2010. While there, I helped perform research in human sexual behavior, affiliation, and motivation as a undergraduate research assistant. I received a superb education from a number of great people while there, and this experience set up me for a future in the field. During this time, I also hosted a semi-popular software-interaction podcast, worked in book and information distribution, and had a brief stint working under the United States Federal Government as a data conversion operator. I also found a love for baking. Bread, cake, cookies... you name it.

 Following this, I lived in downtown Fargo, North Dakota for three years while obtaining my M.S. in experimental social / health psychology from North Dakota State University. During this time, I performed research in various areas of psychology including emotion, regulatory processes, psycholinguistics, and individual differences, to name a few. I co-hosted a morning talk radio show, was an NSO for the local WFTDA league, and saw a lot of snow. So much snow, in fact, that I still don't believe it sometimes.

I currently reside in Austin, Texas and have an amazing partner -- we also have a big, smelly, affectionate dog. I am working towards a Ph.D. in social / personality psychology, which includes a good deal of research in both social and differential psychology, among other areas. My primary interest in research is applying various forms of linguistic content analysis as an interface through which we may explore and understand higher-order individual differences constructs. Basically, I like to look at words to figure out what makes people tick. I also tinker with creating new analysis techniques. It's a lot of fun.

In terms of personal interests, I enjoy tinkering with audio and listening to loud, abrasive music. I love coding software, primarily just to crack difficult problems. I get a kick out of Interactive Fiction and would love to write a piece or two someday. I enjoy making and drinking coffee, but generally dislike cafés. I attempt to make time, when I can, to appreciate procedural content, art, and a good historical non-fiction or classic, theory-driven book.

Whenever I have a choice in a game, I always play as a wizard. It might not seem important but, you know, just in case you were curious.