Friday, 28 February 2014

Day 50: Buddhism is uber confusing

What went well? 

  1. Had a really productive positive psychology lab meeting, where we made progress on making decisions about the study design of a new intervention that we're going to pilot. I'll basically be trying to draft up a detailed methods section next week.
  2. Saw my intro Buddhism professor briefly to ask some questions about Buddhist ideas about rebirth. It was simultaneously helpful yet confusing, but nonetheless a stimulating & enjoyable discussion. It's one of those subjects, I guess...
  3. Went to a Philomathean society meeting, and the main presentation & all of the mini-presentations by prospective members were all very high-quality. 

What did I learn? 

  • There's going to be another person joining our positive psychology lab, who has a background in marketing, social media, project management etc. She's a professional who now has an interest in positive psychology so wants to volunteer to help the post-doc we're working with out! This seems to be such an American thing. People are so willing to give so much of their time and expertise for free to gain experience over here, whereas it seems like that's not something that generally occurs to people in Australia and New Zealand. I'm really looking forward to meeting her.

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