The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Alissa (the fashionista and brains behind nominated A Lot on Your Mind a while back for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much for thinking of me and your continuous support and kindness is greatly appreciated!

Story Behind The Cloth is a fantastic fashion blog which focuses on the story and meaning behind what we wear. Alissa has so many wonderful ideas and I strongly urge you to go read her blog right now. Particularly her thoughts on ‘The Spectrum of Truth – Is Truth Really Black and White?’ in which she opens up a theoretical discussion about what truth is and relates this to colour. She talks about the ambiguity versus necessary properties of colours whilst suggesting that there can be both subjective and universal truths in fashion, demonstrated in how we style ourselves. A very interesting and different philosophical perspective. On her blog she also has a series of posts a Colour Psychology Questionnaire and the results found, which relates to this.


Blogger awards are a fun way for bloggers to show appreciation for other bloggers and their content. Blogging is harder work than it may look like from the outside, so it means the world when we are shown in any way that we are appreciated! The Versatile Blogger Award celebrates high quality, unique, and loving content. When nominated, the blogger can choose to accept the nomination and pass it on to 15 bloggers that they believe deserve a nomination as well.

The rules to accept this award are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link their blog. There are millions of blogs out there, and somebody chose yours!
  2. Nominate 15 bloggers to keep spreading the appreciation.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

Seven Facts about Alice from A Lot on Your Mind:

  1. I love music. Although I can’t play any instruments. I did get a ukulele for Christmas so I hope to learn how to play that soon! My preference is more in the genre of rock and indie rock with my favourite artists/bands being Jack White, The Beatles, and Camera Obscura, to name a few. But I’m also listening to some more Metallica nowadays and going to see Foo Fighters in June.
  2. I’m into bullet journalling, and have also tried to take up hand lettering. I’m always trying to practice my cursive handwriting!
  3. I’m trying to take more time to self-reflect. I lack confidence and constantly doubt the work I do therefore I’m trying to focus on my strengths and build my weaknesses. I recently took the VIA survey (an established Positive Psychology tool) to find out my character strengths. My top five strengths are:


Go take this survey to find out your strengths and let me know what you got!

4. I’m vegan. For the animals and for the planet. I try to be compassionate to all living things. I slip up very rarely and I still have a lot to learn (beauty products-wise) but I could never go back. I wasn’t sure whether to include this but it’s part of who I am.

5. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for my career until I came to university. That’s why I chose a combined honours degree. I just knew I loved psychology and philosophy. I feel like time flies by from when you leave school and you have to figure it all out so quickly.

6. In regards to fashion (how could I not include this), I’d describe my style as classic and a bit girly. I am trying to wear more skirts and dresses and I would be so happy wearing a top and cardigan, a skirt, ballet flats, and a small cross-body bag – keeping it simple!

7. I’m a massive night owl!


Thank you for all your support, and I’ve nominated a few recent followers who I haven’t interacted with yet. Therefore, I can’t wait to get to know you all better. Keep up the awesome work!

  1. All Things Ken
  2. MattsViews
  3. The Truth About Mental Health
  4. JF
  5. PhilosophicalThoughtss
  6. No. Right. No Wrong.
  7. Warriors, not Worriers
  8. Way To Much Too Say
  9. Psych in a Box
  10. youlittleblogger
  11. The Doors To Wisdom
  12. J. A. Allen
  13. thepsychogrok
  14. Topics with Passion
  15. Ever Thought Why

I can’t wait to read your posts!


Blogger Recognition Award


I have been nominated by the lovely thepsychogrok for a blogger recognition award. Thank you so much for considering me. You were one of the first to support A Lot on Your Mind and I cannot be more grateful for making me feel so welcome.

A Lot on Your Mind began on November 23 2017. The idea was sprung by my boyfriend a few weeks before. It was a very good idea to start a blog so I can further pursue my passion of psychology. What’s more, as a current final year university student, I wanted to share all that I’ve learned (and going to learn) as well as provide useful advice for other students. 

Thank you to all who constantly support this blog. I never really knew what a blog was before but I am really enjoying writing content and reading other’s amazing blogs! It is such a wonderful community.

Here’s my advice for new bloggers:

  1. Think about the theme of your blog – focus on what is going to be the main content of your blog. Start with a general theme (e..g Psychology, lifestyle, food, health etc.) so you can establish what kind of topics you’re going to write about. However, accept that sometimes you may incorporate some other topics. 
  2. Include pictures – including pictures, graphics, and diagrams for example breaks up your articles a little bit. It entices viewers to read more, and is much nicer to look at! Try to keep your content fun and concise.
  3. Follow a schedule – a good blog posts regularly. Try to maintain a schedule, whether that is daily, weekly, or a few times a month.
  4. Share on social media – Twitter seems to be where the majority of my viewers come from. Share your blog posts on other social media platforms to gather more interest.
  5. Reach out – don’t be afraid to interact with other bloggers. Make friends, get advice and give it, comment and like others’ posts to show your appreciation, collaborate with others!
  6. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – give it time. It may take a while to gain a lot of followers for your blog. Persist with it and post regularly, you’ll get there. As long as you’re doing what makes you happy and sharing with others your interests and opinions – that’s all that matters.


My nominees are: 

  1. Story Behind the Cloth 
  2. Happy Colorful Growth
  3. Yours and Mind Psychology
  4. repsychl
  5. A Better Man
  6. The Truth about Mental Health 
  7. Brainbow Journal
  8. Cortex Corner
  9. Topics with Passion
  10. DescarteThinks

It has been a pleasure to follow your blogs and read the content you post. Keep up the good work! 

To participate in this award: 

1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.

2. Give a brief story on your blog.

3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.

4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.

5. Comment on each blog by letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.


Thanks for reading,


6 Organisation Tips for Students


Staying organised can be difficult but it becomes a necessary part of being a student. It enables you to become a master of the learning process. It is more than just meandering through your education, it is part of embracing what you’ve learned. Organizing your notes takes a bit of time but it’s so worth it. Here are some organisation tips I’ve found that work:

  1. Preparing beforehand

If your university or college makes the taught lectures available online before the actual lecture, it is worth printing these off the night before or on the morning to take with you. In my experience, a lot of lecturers speed through a lot of information so quickly so this allows me to write additional notes that they might give that aren’t already provided. These help me to understand the concept more and therefore I have more to write about in my assignments and exams.

2. Saving the syllabus

If you can access your lectures online, then it is wise to save these to your computer and back them up again, so you don’t lose them! I save all my lectures to my computer and also to my OneDrive account, and I also keep all my printed lectures and additional notes in binders (see below).

3. Organizing your notes into binders

I keep a separate folder for every unit/module I am taught at university. I tend to keep my notes in weekly chronological order with details on who taught them and their relevant contact details. I have also kept the notes I made at college and previous years at university for future reference. You never know when you’re going to need them! For instance, some of the notes I made at college I am now using for my dissertation! Read More »

Trait Theories of Personality

Our personality encompasses all that we are. All our little quirks, characteristics, behaviours, and thoughts which make each one of us unique. Personality plays a huge part in individual differences research and over the years many different theories have emerged.

One of the sectors of these theories are trait theories. These are also known as psychometric theories due to their measurements of personality traits through psychometric tests. Trait theories argue that every individual has certain unique traits resulting from our genes which predispose us to act a certain way in a variety of situations. These are thought to be consistent across situations and time. There are lots of trait theories of personality but here are a few of the most influential:

Eysenck’s Personality Model

Eysenck conducted factor analyses on personality questionnaires and found three dimensions of personality:

  • Extraversion (extraversion/introversion)
  • Neuroticism (stable/unstable)
  • Psychoticism (added in 1966)

According to Eysenck, extraverts are sociable and impulsive; introverts are reserved and serious; neurotics are anxious and worrying; and stables are emotionally calm and unworried. Those which fall under psychoticism tend to be lacking in empathy and more aggressive.

He also related a person’s personality to the functioning of the Autonomic Nervous System, in that someone’s personality is dependent upon the balance between excitatory and inhibitory processes within the nervous system (explained in more detail as a biological model in further posts).

The measures of these personality dimensions have been developed through many different psychometric tests, but the most recent is the Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ-IR).

eysenck's neuroticism and extraversion model

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Is Consciousness an Illusion?

The notion of consciousness reopens that age-old contest between philosophy, psychology, and biology. Does consciousness arise from mere physical processes from the brain (Koch and Greenfield seem to think so) or is it more of a spiritual entity, closely related to views of the soul (advocated by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes – I talk more about these views here).

In the debate about consciousness, what goes hand in hand with it is the unconscious. Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of the unconscious argues that it harbours repressed and traumatic feelings and memories from our early childhoods, as well as socially unacceptable desires. However, the general view about the unconscious mind is that it is responsible for implicit knowledge (automatic skills and habits). It is believed that the unconscious presents itself in our dreams. Rosalind Cartwright argues that there is a degree of continuity between conscious life and the unconscious representations which we find in dreams. It is believed that they serve the purpose of compartmentalizing and regulating the emotions we experience from conflicts in real life. Dreams offer the chance to work out our problems and make better sense of the world. Perhaps this is why we feel better about something after we’ve gone to sleep.

Our dreams express many unconscious perceptions about our waking life.

Some of the most famous work on consciousness comes from the Libet experiments in the 1980s. Benjamin Libet produced some of the most fascinating findings, and has since been heavily cited in discussions about free will as well. Read More »

Dementia: Myths, Risks, and Treatments

I recently wrote a guest post on PsychReg about what I learnt about dementia from the work experience I did over the summer with my local NHS service. I wrote about what dementia is, the myths and stigma that surround it, certain risk factors that increase the chance of developing dementia, as well as how the service assessed and treated those who suffer with dementia.

The link to the post is here:

Also, PsychReg have been nominated for a second time at the UK Blog Awards. They post such great content, and definitely deserve to win. Please vote for them here:

Thanks for reading,


Consciousness in Philosophy and Neuroscience

Embodied within many ancient philosophical texts and continuing within contemporary brain research, the debate of the existence of consciousness has plagued many for centuries. Essentially, consciousness encompasses awareness of the self and the perception of the thoughts, feelings, and experiences we face every day.

I always think it is interesting to think about the philosophical theories about concepts, as often these are what ground psychological research (but how the general philosophical-psychological link interacts is for another day). The concept of consciousness has evolved significantly throughout history and begins in Ancient Greek philosophy, in which Plato and Aristotle considered consciousness to arise from the soul. They thought that our souls were our essence, that which makes you who you are, deemed as synonymous with the mind and the self. Plato believed that the soul is a non-corporeal substance i.e. it exists separate from our bodies. On the other hand, Aristotle argued that although the soul is still not a material object, it is works and interacts in conjunction with our body and therefore is inseparable to it.

Later views of the soul and consciousness stem from Descartes’ Cartesian model. Descartes termed the soul/mind res cogitans and he famously set out to conduct a ‘method of doubt’. He put forward a mind and body distinction in which he could imagine his mind without a body as the body is merely a machine. (however, I shall point to Rebecca Schuman’s blog post ‘‘I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural’ which interestingly and hilariously debunks this!). Descartes argued that everything could be doubted, and concluded that all he knows is that he knows nothing. Read More »

Introduction to the Blog

My name is Alice Allen. I am 20 years old, from the West Midlands, England. I am currently a third year undergraduate Psychology student at Manchester Metropolitan University. My interests lie in Cognitive Neuropsychology, as well as Clinical and Developmental Psychology and I hope to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist one day (I think!).

I am very new to the blogging sphere, and I wanted to become a part of it perhaps just like why anyone blogs – because they have something (or some things) to say and they want to be heard. Prominent American author and blogger Seth Godin is quoted as saying “I blog because I don’t really have a choice. The ideas in me insist on being shared, and this is the least painful way I can find to do it!” which sums up blogging perfectly. Or at least my reason to start.

Therefore, I wanted to create a Psychology blog. One that encompasses, well, all things Psychology (for instance, memory, intelligence, social influence, research designs…). I am relentlessly enthusiastic about Psychology, and what has been found in this domain is endlessly fascinating. This blog is here so I can share all this interesting research and more, to trade and share ideas about Psychology with the community. My other focus is to also help students who are looking for a career in psychology about what it means to be a student, useful techniques for exams and projects, as well as providing informative resources about career guidance.

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