The Creative Blogger Award!


I’m knocking a few more tags/awards off my to-do list and The Creative Blogger Award seemed like a good one to do. It also lets you know more about me! I was tagged a long time ago by the one and only Miss CWΒ @ Read Think Ponder and recently by Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple. (Let me know if you’ve tagged me and I’ve forgotten.) Go visit these lovely ladies!


  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.


I graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and I’m now doing a PhD in psychology at the same university. My research looks at attentional biases (the bias towards paying attention to emotional information over non-emotional information) and how we might be able to help people overcome this bias. But I’m broadly interested in interactions between emotion, attention and visual perception.

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My PhD supervisor is American, as is one of the more senior PhD students in my lab who followed him all the way to Sydney. Because of this, I say some words with a bit of an American accent and I also do weird things like writing the date as mm-dd-yyyy instead of dd-mm-yyyy.


I am currently obsessed with cronuts (the offspring of croissants and donuts). They are SOOOO good, but absolutely terrible for you! I usually get mine from the Adriano Zumbo stores in Sydney. They have one flavour every week (the one in the picture below was the Snickers flavour: peanut butter, caramel and chocolate). They had lemon meringue last week (lemon custard on the inside and Italian meringue on top), which was the best one yet. I love all lemon desserts!

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I haven’t borrowed a book from the library since about 2006. I’ve obviously borrowed reference books and textbooks from the university library, but I haven’t borrowed any fiction. I started earning money when I was 14 so I started buying all my books instead. Lately I’ve been thinking about borrowing eBooks or audiobooks from my local library, but I’m too lazy to renew my library card, which expired about 5 years ago.


My favourite Disney movie is Mulan. I love the story and the soundtrack. And I love Mushu!


A lot of people have done this Creative Blogger Award already, and I can’t keep track of who has or hasn’t, but I’m going to nominate some people anyway!

22 thoughts on “The Creative Blogger Award!

  1. cwreads says:

    Ahh I loved reading this! I love this tag because I love learning about my fellow blogger friends. πŸ˜€

    Oh my gosh though, attentional bias. I wrote this research paper on it, but it was really boring… it was on biased competition theory, but rather than emotional bias (WHICH WOULD’VE BEEN SO COOOL!!!), it was on how fMRI and ERP studies supported this theory. I wrote it when I was sick too and I think I started hallucinating about coloured dots LOL.

    Cronuts, omg. I want one now. T_T I’m doing this eating regiment for a few weeks, and I’m not allowed sugary stuff. ;_; WAAAH.

    Also. ME TOO. MULAN. MY FAVOURITE. I can’t wait for the Disney adaptation… but am really worried they might butcher it. 😦

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      OMG my honours thesis looked at biased competition as an underlying mechanism for emotion-induced blindness, which we study in our lab. Haha biased competition brings back the memories! My current research is looking at an earlier stage of processing (kind of an input stage), rather than biased competition which is more post-input.

      I don’t have the self-control to not have sugar haha. Plus cronuts are too good! I swear I dream about them sometimes πŸ˜€

      I don’t have high hopes for the live adaptation tbh… depends on the cast and everything I guess. The animated movie was SO GOOD! I don’t want the live movie to ruin it for me.


  2. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Oh my goodness your graduation looks like glorious fun if that mascot creature was around! Your PhD sounds fascinating, no wonder you don’t want to leave Uni. AND OMG MUST YOU TEASE ME with the cronuts? There’s an Adriano Zumbo here now but dare I say it’s not as good as the one in Sydney. I really need to revisit to i) see you and ii) eat my fill of dessert haha. MULAN IS MY FAVE AS WELL. The only choice for Asian kids tbh XD Buttt SHE SAVED A COUNTRY. Too awesome for words :’) We have good representation right there.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      My graduation was actually horrible because it rained for most of the day. We had a 45 minute window to take photos. I’m glad I got a photo with the mascot though. The line for him was sooooo long!

      OMG, we had an visiting academic last month who gave a talk on Superheroes and Princesses and their impact on young children. Apparently, out of hundreds of children they interviewed, only ONE girl said her favourite was Mulan! And her reason was the same as yours: “Mulan saved China”.

      Write me a list of desserts I need to bring to Melbourne for you. So far, we have Black Star Pastry watermelon cake and Zumbo zonuts. I’ll be the dessert smuggler!


      • aentee @ read at midnight says:

        We had a downpour for my entire graduation haha so I understand how you feel. I barely got any photos but at least there will be memories XD WHATTT how can this be? Is it because Frozen and Tangled and the new gen of Disney has taken over the kids’ world? OMG YOU AMAZING DESSERT SMUGGLERS. I must repay you by taking you to all the fancy brunch spots (that I don’t bother visiting myself lmao)

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  3. Josephine says:

    Congratulations! Psychology is such a cool thing, my mind always drifted towards it when thinking of what course to study in university next year. However my pursuit towards writing slightly overrules it for me! Lovely post! πŸ’•

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I wish I had done some creative writing or English courses during undergrad! My PhD supervisor actually majored in psychology and minored in creative writing (a LONG time ago) so he’s always talking about writing! He’s now writing a textbook, which isn’t the same as creative writing, but still cool in my opinion!

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