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 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.

I looked up some research about blogging itself and interestingly, there are so many studies on effects of blogging, what kind of person blogs, and the benefits of blogging. For instance, Guadagno et al. (2008) looked at which kind of person (or personality type) tends to blog. They used the Big Five personality inventory measures (Costa and McCrae, 1992) as predictors to see who would most likely be bloggers. The Big Five personality traits are Extraversion, Neuroticism, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. They found that people high in Openness and Neuroticism were more likely to be bloggers. Steel et al. (2012) also looked at blogging, but as opposed to its link to personality traits, focused on why we should blog at all. They argued that blogging is the ideal channel for the constant flow of the thinking process. Karl Steel in particular seems to urge students to blog, because due to the trade of ideas, building of community, as well as adapting to potential humiliation faced, they may become more confident scholars if they blog.

Perhaps in the future I will write a more detailed post about blogging and personality types, or other potential factors about the blogging person. However, I just wanted to give a brief introduction about this blog and what it entails. Presently, I intend to update A Lot on Your Mind at least once a week. But I am excited to get stuck in!

Thanks for reading, and welcome to the blog!

Alice Allen

If you would like to take the Big Five personality test for yourself, click here.

Today in the History of Psychology (Nov 23)

In 1667, the first recorded example of blood transfusion therapy was attempted by Jean Denis in France, proposing a new psychiatric treatment for a person who was suffering with melancholy. The blood was ‘donated’ by a calf. (citation below)

Psychology Pun of the Week

When exploring the brain, go up the spinal cord, take the first left, dendrite.



Costa, P.T., Jr., McCrae, R.R. (1992). Normal personality assessment in clinical practice: The NEO Personality Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 4, pp. 5-13.

Giangrande, P.L.F. (2000) The history of blood transfusion. British Journal of Haematology, 110, (4), pp. 758-759.

Guadagno, R.E., Okdie, B.M., Eno, C.A. (2008) Who blogs? Personality predictors of blogging. Computers in Human Behaviour, 24, (5), pp. 1993-2004.

Steel, K., Cohen, J.J., Hurley, M.K., Joy, E.A. (2012) Why we Blog: An Essay in Four Movements. Literature Compass, 9, (12), pp. 1016-1032.







6 thoughts on “Introduction to the Blog

  1. Good effort. Continue creating such quality content. I completely agree with the quoted study that blogging enables one to handle criticism constructively and productively.

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    • Yes, it’s a good point. Especially since in the domain of Psychological Research you are faced with criticisms through peer reviews every time you submit research. Blogging is a helpful adaptation tool! Also – I can’t seem to access your blog. It says it is currently unavailable. Just thought I would let you know in case this wasn’t intentional! And thank you for the support again.

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  2. Thanks for your writing and good luck in your career choice. As a service user (I hate that term!) I have had great help from my neuropsychologist who has played a really important part in my learning to understand and cope with my illnesses and am grateful to her for so much of her support. Sadly neuropsychologists seem as rare as hens teeth in the NHS. If you ever need to understand what it’s like anecdotally from a patients pwespective, feel free to ask. Maybe you can give me some feedback on my less academic musings too!

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    • Thank you for following! I appreciate your kind words. Yes I’d really like to understand a patient’s perspective – it saddens me that some people think psychologists don’t listen to the patients and instead just follow a strict procedure. I believe in person-centred care in which the individual is involved at all stages. If you’d be happy to write a little something about your experiences, I’d love to post it on my blog. And of course, if there’s anything you’d like to ask me you always can. Thanks again for your support.


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