Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the inaugural post for my blog, PsySociety!

Who am I?

As a quick intro, I am Melanie Tannenbaum, psychology graduate student and amateur science blogger. During Spring 2011 I blogged at IonPsych, a collaborative blog started by Daniel Simons for a graduate course on general-audience writing. Since then, I have decided to branch out and start my own site (though I am still happily affiliated with IonPsych).

If you would like to know more about me, feel free to read the blurb on the About Me page, or visit my personal website.

Why PsySociety?

The logic behind the PsySociety name is twofold.

First, I enjoy connecting the research I read in journal articles to the world around me. I am an avid Daily-Show-and-Colbert-Report watcher, celebrity gossip maven, and history nerd with an unhealthy love for horrible television and an overactive anger response to many (ok, most) political issues. Naturally, this leads me to draw a lot of connections between the area I conduct research in for a living – social/personality psychology – and the world of pop culture and current events. The name PsySociety combines this focus on psychology with its applications to everyday society, much like the entries on this blog.

Secondly, it’s a play on the phrase “High Society,” which I think is cute. Hey, I didn’t say that both reasons were great.

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