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My favorite thing about psychology so far is learning about senses and illusions. I've always wondered how our mind gets tricked and it's very interesting. I also enjoyed reading about the ideomotor affect. I remember at my thirteenth birthday party, a girl had this awesome trick. You take a blank piece of paper and fold it in fourths, then draw lines on the folds, then number each box 1, 2, 3, and 4. Acquire a string and something to serve as a weight (we used a washer). Tie the weight to the end of the string and hold the "pendulum" between your index finger and your thumb. The weight should be dangling 1/2 inch from the very center of the paper, where the four boxes meet. Now, holding this string very very still, you think of two of the four numbers repeatedly (1,3. 1,3. 1,3. etc). After a short period of time, you can start to see the pendulum swing from the first number to the second that you are thinking in your head (swings from 1 to 3 for example). It was so cool! And now I'm excited that I know how it works!

I look forward to learning more things about psychology because we are moving so quickly that I am unsure exactly how much psychologists study. I'm also very nervous for this first test because we are moving so quickly. There are so many things to keep track of not to mention all the assignments and extra credit to keep track of on top of that. I just hope I finally get into the swing of things before its too late!

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