Okay, I'll open with something less stonerish.
Long story short, I moved to Swansea, Wales last month. It is /awesome/ here. Right by the beach, everything is within walking distance, people are lovely, my housemates are amazing, the freedom rocks, I am a happy. Really, really happy. The course seems... a little easy so far if I'm honest, but the best part is that everyone on it seems to want to do clinical, meaning that the facilities for neuroscience experiments are mostly unused by students. This makes it extra easy for me to get all the research assistant positions, and to take on extra lab work with awesome things like TMS and tDCS. Have a google of those if you fancy, but they essentially amp up/turn off parts of the brain.
In that vein, I went to see a supervisor for dissertation about using those two things today. I mentioned that I did a project on synaesthesia and he lit up. We've pretty much drawn out an experiment to test three conflicting theories on the neural correlates of pseudosynaesthesia, which is EXACTLY what I wanted to address from my undergrad dissertation. I get to use a tDCS machine and I'm so pumped about it I don't even... I'm really excited. This is an amazing opportunity and I can't believe that everyone seems to enthusiastic to let me do these things. I also get to play around with oxytocin, giving it to people who were born with face blindness to see if it helps them improve (spoiler: it probably will. This is excellent).
As always, I feel like there's probably more that I could gush about on this front, but nothing springs to mind. It's probably best to keep that somewhat brief anyway, since I know not many people read these and of those that do not many (any?) are into neuroscience. Still. Huzzah!
- WOAH LIFE