This is the article that I’m doing a presentation on in a couple of weeks. It’s awesome.
I was sitting in my classroom yesterday waiting for class to start when the Good Dr. Bad arrived. I noticed, as she walked by (I sit in the front row) that she had a bulge in her pocket and a paper towel peeking out of the top. She goes to the podium and puts her laptop and notes down, pulls the paper towel out of her pocket and I notice a blackish-colored mass in her hand. Then, from her other pocket to pulls a spoon. That was when I realized that the black thing in her hand was an avocado that she had sliced in half before coming to class. She then proceeds to teach class, eating the avocado with a spoon as she does so.
I have never in my life seen a professor teach a class while eating a whole avocado with a spoon.
I put this up here simply because of the title. I didn’t actually read it so I have no idea what it’s about other than dopamine.
Because these jokes never get old…
So today in class Dr. Badzinski was talking about emerging adulthood (ages 18 – 25-ish) and I had a nerd moment. She was talking about how emerging adults don’t have a black and white sense of what is right and wrong, but rather they are open to different ideas and ways of doing things, whereas older people don’t.
There is a TV show on the BBC called Merlin. The show tells the story of King Arthur and Merlin, along with all the usual suspects of Morgana, the knights, etc. The first couple of seasons act as a prequel to the well-known legends of King Arthur, where Arthur is not yet the king of Camelot. His father, Uther, is king. Uther hates magic, leading to some very dreadful decisions on his part. He had to have several people executed because they supposedly had dealings with magic. Arthur and Merlin tried to save these people, not understanding the path that Uther walks.
And how are these two things connected? Well, I was sitting in class today while The Good Doctor Bad was talking about emerging adulthood and I had a moment. I said to myself Arthur and Merlin are both emerging adults. They are around the age of 20 and they display this sense of inability to see the black and white of what is right and wrong and they believe that there are different ways of dealing with issues. Uther, on the other hand, is set in his ideas and ways. Everything is black and white to him.
BOOM. I psych-majored a fantasy TV show.
These exists. Can I have them?
Also, I have a psych professor who named her cat Serotonin. How cool is that? Totally naming my next dog Dopamine.
So…I have never done a blog before and this one was actually quite by accident. Bare with me as I muddle my way through how this concept works.
The title of my blog may not ring any bells (pun intended) but the tag line may. I am psychology nerd and I decided to start a blog about what it is like to be a psych major at university. That’s all. Yup.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
~ Shakespeare (Hamlet)