Jared Edward Reser

Email:      jared at jaredreser.com
Mobile:    (818) 425-2340
Home:     (818) 995-6734


My objective is to pursue a research career that integrates cognitive neuroscience and integrative
biology. I completed a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 2012, at the University of Southern
California. I also completed a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in both Neuroscience and Business at
USC.  I completed a M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine in 2006, and a second M.A. in
Psychology at USC in 2008.  

Please see my website at
www.organizationforlearning.com, my blog at www.obsevedimpulse.com,
published manuscripts at
www.evolutionaryneuropathology.net, unpublished manuscripts at www.
cognitivemechanics.net, and my personal statement at www.jaredreser.com/personalstatement.

Published Materials

Reser, J. 2016. Incremental change in the set of coactive cortical assemblies enables mental continuity.
Physiology and Behavior. 167: 222-237.

Reser, J. 2016. Chronic stress, cortical plasticity and neuroecology. Behavioral Processes. 129:105-115.

Reser, J. 2016. Tourette syndrome in the context of evolution and behavioral ecology. Medical
Hypotheses. 99: 35-39.

Reser, J. 2013. Solitary mammals provide an animal model for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of
Comparative Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0034519

Reser, J. 2012. Assessing the psychological correlates of belief strength: Contributing factors and role in
behavior. 290 pages. UMI Proquest. 3513834.

Reser, J. 2011. Conceptualizing the autism spectrum in terms of natural selection & natural history: The
solitary forager theory. Evolutionary Psychology. 9(2): 207- 238.

Reser, J. 2011. What Determines Belief? The Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience of Belief
Formation and Change. Verlag Dr. Müller. 236 pages.

Reser, J. 2011. Schizophrenia and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Victory Preedy (ed.) Handbook of
Behavior, Food and Nutrition. New York, NY: Springer.

Reser, J. 2011. Nutrition, Behavior, and the Developmental Origins of the Metabolic Syndrome. In Victory
Preedy (ed.) Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition. New York, NY: Springer.

Reser, J. 2009. Psychological correlates of certainty strength: Measuring the relative influence of
evidence, opinion of personal contacts, and importance to self-identity. Master’s Thesis, University of
Southern California. usctheses-m2627

Reser, J. 2009. Does rheumatoid arthritis represent an adaptive, thrifty condition? Medical Hypotheses.
74(1): 189-194.

Reser, J. 2009. Sleep apnea, respiratory cooling, and thermoregulation. Medical Hypotheses. 73(5): 900-

Reser, J. 2009. Alzheimer’s disease and natural cognitive aging may represent adaptive metabolism
reduction programs. Behavioral and Brain Functions. 5 (13).

Reser, J. 2007. Schizophrenia and phenotypic plasticity: Schizophrenia may represent a predicitive,
adaptive response to severe environmental adversity that allows both bioenergetic thrift and a defensive
behavioral strategy. Medical Hypotheses, Volume 69, Issue 2, 383-394.

Reser, J. 2006. Evolutionary Neuropathology and Down syndrome: An analysis of the etiological and
phenotypical characteristics of Down syndrome suggests that it may represent an adaptive response to
severe maternal deprivation. Medical Hypotheses, Volume 67, Issue 3, 474-481.

Reser, J. 2006. Evolutionary Neuropathology and Congenital Mental Retardation: Environmental cues
predictive of maternal deprivation influence the fetus to minimize cerebral metabolism in order to express
bioenergetic thrift. Medical Hypotheses, Volume 67, Issue 3, 529-544.

Reser, J. 2005. The Role of Pharyngeal Collapse in Nocturnal Homeostasis. Journal for Young
Investigators, Volume 12, Issue 6.

Manuscripts Under Development

Reser, J; Lin, E; Jian, L; Brown, C; and Walsh, D. Psychological foundations of personal belief: The
influence of supporting evidence, refuting evidence, and self-identity concerns. The Open Behavioral
Science Journal. Revise and resubmit.

Reser, J. The Effects of Cognitive Load on Covert Stereotype Propensity. Advances in Cognitive
Psychology. Under review.

Reser, J. Chronic Stress, Cortical Dysfunction, and Neuroecology. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral
Reviews. Under review.

Reser, J. Mammalian Species that Forage Solitarily Constitute An Animal Model for Autism. Manuscript
under development.

Reser, J; Walsh, D. Belief Formation and Change. Manuscript under development.

Reser, J; Larsen, A; Walsh, D. Health Beliefs, Behavior and BMI. Manuscript under development.

Reser, J. Self-serving Selflessness: Altruism Always Pays. Book under development.

Reser, J. Cognitive Parsimony: The Costs and Benefits of Intelligence in Nature. Book under

Reser, J. Cognitive Mechanics: How the Brain Creates the Mind. Book under development.

Invited Peer Review

Schizophrenia Research. 2011. Analysis of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 4 gene in schizophrenia
patients shows association with working memory and executive function.

Schizophrenia Research. 2011. Obesity and metabolic syndrome in Tunisian patients with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Research. 2011. Familial covariation of neurocognition and negative symptoms in
psychotic disorders.

Schizophrenia Research. 2011. DRD2 haplotype associated with negative symptoms and sustained
attention deficits of schizophrenia in Taiwan.

Schizophrenia Research. 2010. Relationships between reduced physical fitness, decreased physical
activity participation, smoking and metabolic and mental health parameters in people with schizophrenia.

International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 2009. The effects of prenatal stress on expression
of p38 MAPK in offspring hippocampus.

Schizophrenia Research. 2009. Prevalence of diabetes and other metabolic disorders in patients with
schizophrenia treated with antipsychotic drugs: The METEOR study.

International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2008. Evolutionary approach to the problems of

Conference Presentations

Reser, J. 2011. Mammalian Species that Forage Solitarily Constitute An Animal Model for Autism. Cell
Symposia: Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Mechanisms to Therapies. November 9th-11th.

Reser, J. 2011. Working memory, functional coactivity and spreading activation. USC Neuroscience
Graduate Symposium.

Reser, J. 2009. Alzheimer’s, evolution and ecology. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update. Friday, May
22, 2009, USC Andrus Gerontology Center, Alzheimer’s Association.

Reser, J. 2009. Alzheimer’s disease and natural cognitive aging may represent adaptive metabolism
reduction programs. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update. Friday, May 22, 2009, USC Andrus
Gerontology Center, Alzheimer’s Association.

Reser, J. 2008. Psychological foundations of personal belief. Psychology Graduate Symposium.


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate: Spring, 2012
- Finished a Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences
- Earned Master’s degree in psychology, May 2008

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Graduate: 2005-2006
- Earned Master’s degree in clinical psychology

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate: 2000-2005                  
- Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in both Neuroscience and Business
- GRE Psychology Test score (770/800) placed me in the top 1% of all test takers
- GRE Biology Test score (820/900) placed me in the top 9% of all test takers
- President of the “Natural Science Interest Club,” an official organization at USC
- Funding coordinator and active director of the Forensic Psychology Club

Harvard Westlake High School, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate: 1994-2000                  
- Participated in several sports, extra curricular activities and clubs
- SAT score (1460/1600) placed me in the top 1% of all test takers in the math and verbal sections
- NMSQT semi-finalist

Professional Memberships

- Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

- CSET Biology Credential (Allows me to teach high school biology in the state of CA)

- CBEST credential (California Basic Educational Skills Test)

- California Real Estate Salespersons Licensee

- The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Student Affiliate)

- The Society for Psychophysiological Research (Student Affiliate)

Work Experience        

Jan. 2011- Current
               Neuroscience of Advertising                                                       Los Angeles, CA
Co-owner and Co-founder
See our website at: www.neuroscienceofadvertising.com

March 2011- Current  
              RV Arcade                                                                               Los Angeles, CA
Co-owner and Co-founder
See our website at: www.rvarcade.com

August 2006- May 2012          
University of Southern California BCS Department         Los Angeles, CA
Independent Researcher
- Currently developing multiple research manuscripts and books for publication
Teacher’s Assistant
- Teaching an hour long discussion section twice weekly
- Helping to maintain the class website, roster and gradebook
Research Assistant
- Contributing member of Dr. David Walsh’s Decision Research Laboratory
- First author of a new experiment on the dynamics of belief formulation

Sept. 2005-Aug. 2006             
Pepperdine University Psychology Dept.                         Los Angeles, CA
Staff Researcher
- Assisted principal investigator in literary research, hypothesis development and
manuscript preparation
- Summarized research articles relevant to the principal investigator’s area of interest
- Contact: Professor Nancy Harding, Ph.D., Department of Education and Psychology,     
(818) 422-2894, nancy.harding@pepperdine.edu

Sept 2003-May 2005               
 USC Social Psychology Dept.                                             Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant
- Developed hypotheses and assisted the principal investigator in preparing manuscripts
- Summarized research articles relevant to the principal investigator’s area of interest
- Trained research assistants in test administration and SPSS manipulation
- Independently devised various measures that increased the efficiency and the accuracy of lab
operations, tangible evidence of these measures is available upon request.
- Authored  numerous research oriented materials, some of which are available upon request
- 10 hours weekly
- Contact: Brian Lickel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Social Psychology, USC,       
(213) 740-5504, lickel@usc.edu

Sept 2003- Aug. 2005               
JSM Management                                                               Los Angeles, CA
Chief Operational Officer
- Planned and organized the booking and production of over 20 jazz concerts within Los Angeles County
- Wrote or co-authored virtually all official correspondence from our organization
- Responsible for the production of company letters, financial statements and organization         
spreadsheets; examples of these materials are available upon request
- 20 hours weekly
- Contact: George Cooper,  Chief Executive Officer, georgeccooper@yahoo.com

May-Aug, 2004                          
 USC Neuroscience Dept.                                                     Los Angeles, CA
Principal Experimenter
- Completed a NEUR 490 research project dedicated to analyzing the valence model of frontal   
- Became intimately knowledgeable about the procedures used to perform experimentation    
with EEG equipment  
- Trained to analyze electroencephalographic data and interpret the resultant findings
- 20 hours weekly
- Contact: Tom Denson, Graduate Researcher, USC,  (213) 740-2287, denson@usc.edu

May-Aug 2003                              
Smith Barney                                                                    Sherman Oaks, CA
Intern; Wealth Management
- Planned and spoke at Smith Barney seminars, made cold calls, compiled customer financial reports,
composed letters, utilized ACT and Morningstar software
- Helped administer ACT! Contact database for brokerage office.
- Independently authored a training manuscript that was adopted for new interns.   The manual informed    
them of their responsibilities and detailed  the job protocol.
- Drafted numerous form letters for office brokers, samples of which are available upon request
- 20 hours weekly
- Contact: Timothy McNeely,  timothy.j.mcneely@smithbarney.com

May-Aug, 2003                        
    The Kodak Theatre                                                                  Hollywood, CA
Security Officer
- Worked with a team of police and security officers to insure safety at academy awards and other
high profile events
- Carefully analyzed the social and group dynamics inherent in working with a police task force, I   
worked with the North Hollywood shootout hero, Donnie Anderson, LAPD

Mar-May, 2003                            
USC Psychology Department                                             Los Angeles, CA
- Performed data entry, and administered questionnaires to undergraduate research subjects
- Coded and analyzed data collected from experiments, summarized research articles, assisted in   
the design of new research studies
- 10 hours weekly
- Contact: Mathew Curtis, Graduate Researcher, USC (213) 821-1481, mathewcurtis@yahoo.co.uk

April-Sept, 2002                          
Valley Vote                                                                       Sherman Oaks, CA
Organizational Manager
- Coordinator for the “Get Out the Vote” Campaign, an effort to organize and motivate interested
parties in support of San Fernando Valley Cityhood, a secession measure on the November, 2002  
Los Angeles city ballot
- Responsible for cataloging and manipulating statistics for a group of 15,000 volunteers on an ACT  
database, some of which I recruited in person or over the phone
- Proofread documents, wrote campaign materials, organized events
- Co-author of Valley Vote newsletter, regular speaker/contributor at board meetings
- I worked with Jeff Brain, president of Valley Vote on a daily basis, my work here also included a  
paid internship with the national campaign firm Goddard Clauson Porter  & Noveli
- 40 hours weekly
- Contact: Gerry Gunster, ggunster@gcpn.com

May-Sept, 2001                         
Marshalls                                                                                         Encino, CA
Customer Service Rep
- Operated a cash register for only one week before being promoted to customer service
- 40 hours weekly
- Contact: Kim Johnson or Zeff Erino (818) 501-7135

Dec 1999- Aug 2000                
Law Office of Steven Barry                                                           Encino, CA
Law Office Aide
- Performed administrative tasks, filed, answered calls/assisted clients
- 15 hours weekly
- Contact Steven Barry, phone number: (818) 789-9444

Course Work:

USC Graduate:
Statistics in Psychological Research A & B              A
Learning and Cognition                                                A
Psychophysiology                                                          B
Social and Emotional Development in Children        A
Special Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience                A
Current Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience                A
Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience                         A
Functional Neuroanatomy                                            A
Regression and the General Linear Model                B

Pepperdine Graduate:
Clinical Evaluation                                                       A
Clinical Management of Psychopathology                A
Statistics                                                                       A
Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy        A
Individual and Family Therapy                                    A
IQ Assessment                                                            A
Group Therapy                                                             B
Counseling Psychopathology                                    A
Developmental Psychology                                        A
Research Methods                                                      A
Personality Assessment                                             A
Social Psychology                                                       A
Principles and Theories of Learning                         A
Comprehensive Review                                             A

USC Undergrad:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Animal Behavior
Adult Development and Aging
Social Psychology
Cognitive Processes
Learning and Cognition
Evolution, Ecology and Culture
Research Methods
Philosophy of Mind
Childhood, Birth and Reproduction
Advanced Writing
Writing and Critical Reasoning
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Fundamental Principles of Calculus
Earth History: A Planet and its Evolution; Geology
The Universe; Astronomy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Piano
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Real Estate
Real Estate Principles
Operations Management
Marketing Fundamentals
Applied Business Statistics
Business Law
Foundations of Business Finance
Business Communication
Organizational Behavior
Foundations of Business Finance
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics
Introduction to Information Technology
Core Concepts of Accounting Information
Medieval Visual Culture
Religion and Ethical Issues
Race, Class and Gender in American Film
Native Peoples of Mexico and Central America
Spanish 3
Core Concepts of Accounting Information 2
Probability for Business
Studies in Arts and Letters
Honors Neuroscience Project Units

Books That I Know Well:
(Listed in the order in which I read them)

The Way Things Work: David Macaulay
Hyperspace: Michio Kaku
Einstein’s Universe: Nigel Calder
Connections: James Burke
Cosmos: Carl Sagan
Relativity: Albert Einstein
Flatland: Abbot
A Demon Haunted World: Carl Sagan
How the Mind Works: Steven Pinker
Animal Behavior: John Alcock
Sex and the Origins of Death: William Clark
Just Curious About Science Jeeves: Barrett & Mingo
The Selfish Gene: Richard Dawkins
Genes and DNA: Omoto and Lurquin
The Lives of a Cell: Lewis Thomas
Evolutionary Medicine: Wenda Trevathan
The Medusa and the Snail: Lewis Thomas
The Ancestors Tale: Richard Dawkins
Nature Via Nurture: Matt Ridley
The Quantum World: Polkinghorne
The Future of an Illusion: Sigmund Freud
The Science Book: W&N
Guns, Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond
The Nature of Science: Trefil
A Brief History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson
Physiology of Behavior: Carlson
The Elegant Universe: Greene
Respiratory Physiology: West
Animal Thought: Stephen Walker
Endocrinology: Brook & Marshall
Learning and Behavior: Barker
Sociobiology: E.O. Wilson
Biology: Campbell and Reece
Descartes’ Error: Antonio Damasio
The Maladapted Mind: Baron-Cohen
Oxygen: Nick Lane
Mind Wide Open: Stephen Johnson
Upright: Craig Stanford
Looking for Spinoza: Antonio Damasio
How Humans Evolved: Boyd & Silk
Why We Get Sick: Randolph Nesse and George Williams
Philosophy of Mind: David J. Chalmers
Clinical Neuroscience: Kelly Lambert and Craig Kinsley
Growing up in New Guinea: Margaret Mead
Theories of Personality: Feist
Understanding Mental Retardation: Patricia Ainsworth
The Day the Voices Stopped: Ken Steele
Recovered Not Cured: Mc Lean
Schizophrenia: Bernheim & Lewine
Wonderful Life: Stephen J. Gould
Evolution: Karl Zimmer
Theories of the Universe: Moring
Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins: Karl Zimmer
The Way Life Works: Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson
Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes: Frans de Waal
Mapping the Mind: Rita Carter
Instant Biology: Boyce
Integrated Principles of Zoology: Hickman
Experimental Psychology: Kantowitz
The Development of Psychopathology: Pennington
Blink: Malcolm Gladwell
Cognitive Psychology: Medin
What is Life: Schrodinger
Human Genetics: Lewis
Aging: Caleb Finch
Chance, Development and Aging: Caleb Finch
Lifespan Human Development: Sigelman & Porter
Abnormal Psychology Nevid
Social Psychology: Myers
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Robert Sapolsky
Memory: Richard Thompson and Stephan Madigan
Organizational Behavior: Robbins
Psychophysiology: Hugdahl
Synaptic Self: Joseph LeDoux
Power, Sex and Suicide: Nick Lane
Genome: Matt Ridley
Clinical Neuroanatomy: Goldberg
The Hunting Ape: Craig Stanford
Significant Others: Craig Stanford
Phenotypic Plasticity: Dewitt & Scheiner
An Alchemy of the Mind: Diane Ackerman
Principles of Genetics: Snustad
Life: Fortey
Fossil Invertebrates: Taylor & Lewis
The Red Ape: Jeffrey Schwartz
Cognitive Psychology: Mike Eysenck and Mark Keane
How We Know What Isn’t So: Thomas Gilovich
Evolutionary Analysis: Freeman Herron
The Mind’s Past: Michael Gazzaniga
Demonic Males: Apes and Human Violence: Richard Wragham
The Emotional Brain: Joseph LeDoux
Cognition, Brain and Consciousness: Bernard Baars
Deep Ancestry: Spencer Wells
Your Inner Fish: Neil Shubin
The Executive Brain: Elkhonon Goldberg
On Being Certain: Robert Burton
My Lobotomy: Howard Dully
The Triune Brain: Paul MacLean
The Evolutionary Neuroethology of Paul MacLean: Cory & Gardner
Before the Dawn: Nicholas Wade
Full Catastrophe Living: Kabat-Zinn
Evolution of the Brain and Intelligence: Jerison
The Human Brain: Nolte
Gut Feelings: Gigerenzer
Arthritis: Fries
Cognitive Psychology: Mike Eysenck and Mark Keane
Consciousness Explained: Daniel Dennett
The Happiness Hypothesis: Jonathan Haidt
Evolutionary Psychology: Matthew Rossano
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Oliver Sacks
Big Brain: Gary Lynch and Richard Granger
An Anthropologist on Mars: Oliver Sacks
A New Earth: Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now: Eckhart Tolle
The Amazing Brain: Ornstein, Thompson & Macaulay
The Neurology of Autism: Coleman
Memory, Brain and Belief: Schacter & Scarry
Look Me in the Eye: John Robison
Autism the Facts: Baron-Cohen & Bolton
Mindblindness: Baron-Cohen
The Brain that Changes Itself: Norman Doidge
Up From Dragons: John Skoyles and Dorion Sagan
Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Thomas Kida
A Mind of Its Own: Cordelia Fine
Principles of Neural Science: Eric Kandel
Sensation and Perception: Wolfe and Kluender
Functional Neuroanatomy: Afifi and Bergman
Musicophilia: Oliver Sacks
Sensation and Perception: Wolfe
Principles of Brain Evolution: Georg F. Stiedter
Brain Architecture: Larry Swanson
The Mind’s Eye: Oliver Sacks
Self Comes to Mind: Antonio Damasio
The Way We Work: David Macaulay
The Prefrontal Cortex: Joaquin Fuster
Portraits of the Mind: Schoonover
Animals Make Us Human: Temple Grandin
The Ego Tunnel: Thomas Metzinger
The Physics of the Future: Michio Kaku
On Intelligence: Jeff Hawkins
Phineas Gage: John Fleischman
The Other Brain: R. Douglas Fields
Braintrust: Patricia Churchland
A Universe of Consciousness: Edelman and Tononi
The Science of Evil: Simon Baron-Cohen
Jared Reser's Resume