Entering the blogosphere
I have finally taken the leap and started a blog. A real blog with my own .com address. I feel very high tech and professional, but where do I go from here?! There are so many topics which I want to write about, so many foods I want to make, photograph, write about, and of course, eat, so where do I begin?
One thing I have found is that the best way to get started with a big writing project is to start writing. I realise this is an incredibly obvious thing to say, but it can be daunting to see a blank page (or screen) in front of you. So here I go…..
Although I have written a bit about this in my About page, I figured that the first logical topic of the blog should be to clarify my intentions for this blog and to share a bit about my background.
The name (Edible Psychology): After thinking long and hard, I chose the name Edible Psychology because it encompasses all of the things which I am hoping to accomplish with this blog. First of all, I am looking for additional ways to explore my interests in psychology, and in food, and the two words in the title relate to these two topics. Additionally, I felt that the name was particularly fitting because my other primary goal in writing this blog is to clarify scientific research relating to psychology, in a way which makes it more readable (i.e., edible) to non-researchers who may be interested.
The author: I am originally from a small town in Wisconsin (in the USA), but I now live in England. I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK). Although I am very interested in research, I have realised that I would like to learn about a broader range of mental health topics, and I would like to pursue a more clinically focused career. Therefore, I am now spending my time volunteering and looking for opportunities to broaden my clinical experience (ideally through at least some paid work as I need to pay the bills), and I felt that this blog would be an interesting additional way to accomplish this. Please see my disclaimer, as I am not a clinical psychologist, and the information I provide is my opinion/interpretation of research only. It is never meant as clinical advice for anyone.
My research experience: My primary research experience has all centred around semantic memory (conceptual knowledge). In other words, all of my research has focused on understanding how people learn and remember what items are, what they are called, what they look like, how they are used, where they are found, etc. Within this broader area, my research has revolved around two main themes: 1) the role of sleep in learning new semantic information, and 2) what happens when a part of the brain, which seems to be crucial for storing semantic information, is damaged. I plan to talk more about these two topics in some of my first research posts.
For now, I should probably get back to applying for jobs, but I wanted to write my first post so that I wouldn’t have to face the daunting blank page the next time I sit down to write.