I’m Itamar Shatz, and I’m currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge University. In my research, I use large-scale datasets to study how learners’ native language influences their acquisition of a foreign language. I also organize our Second Language Acquisition and Learner Corpus seminar, and this year I’ll be teaching the Linguistic department’s graduate course on Quantitative Methods for Analysing Language Data.
In addition to my research, I’m also a writer and science communicator. Most notably, I author two popular sites: Effectiviology, which is dedicated to psychology and philosophy that have practical applications, and Solving Procrastination, which is dedicated to information about procrastination and how to overcome it. I’ve also published my writing in other places, such as The Learning Scientists, The Decision Lab, and the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. The main goal of my writing is to make research findings more accessible to people, so they can use those findings to understand the world better and improve their lives.