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Entering the blogosphere

November 2, 2011

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 nowΒ  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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    November 2, 2011 4:14 pm

    Hello Emily, welcome in the blogosphere! I canΒ΄t wait to read more as your main research areas sounds so interesting πŸ™‚ I am also a psychologist, I am currently doing my PhD. and specializing on communication and its patological forms and on therapy of eating disorders. But I am also a foodie, interested in all things about nutrition and good food.
    Have a great time and good luck with all the job applications stuff πŸ™‚

    • November 2, 2011 5:22 pm

      Hi Lenna! I am so excited! I had no idea anyone would find my blog so quickly, and I had no idea whether anyone would have any interest in reading it even if they did find it! Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement. It really means a lot to me, and makes me very excited to write more and find other blogs on related topics. Out of interest, how did you happen to find my blog? I am curious because it would be interesting to find other blogs which are about some of the same things.

      I just had a quick look at your blog, which looks really interesting. I can’t actually call myself vegan because I do still eat eggs and some meat, but I would say I am a vegan about five days per week, and I feel much better for cutting way back on my meat intake. πŸ˜‰ I’m not ready to give it up completely yet, but I have been very inspired by other vegetarian and vegan blogs, so thank you for helping to lead the way!

      • Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
        November 3, 2011 8:43 am

        Hi Emily, I found your blog by a lucky accident – I was working on my school paper which happend to be about the sleep researches and I needed some information, so I typed “role of sleep” into my browser and your blog was among the results πŸ˜€
        I am sure many people will be interested in your thoughts because your topics sound really intriguing!
        Moreover, thank you for your nice comment! πŸ™‚ I believe that being vegan 5 days a week is a major thing and you do a lot for the environment by eating this way!

  2. November 4, 2011 1:31 pm

    Thanks for letting me know, Lenna. That’s really cool! I will be watching your blog now for new vegan recipes and ideas. πŸ™‚

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