Hi there. My name is Alisha Vabba and I am quite generally a life enthusiast and curious mind. I have many interests and passions and I change my mind more often than my phone – and I lose my phone a lot.
I am a researcher in experimental psychology and I have a BA from Lancaster University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MSc. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex. The scientist me is interested in how social hierarchy and surveillance affect approach-withdrawal motivational states and their neural correlates, and the effect this has on the cognitive processes required for creative performance. I am also interested in how these effects can be altered, by targeting emotional regulation strategies and embodiment and sense of self.
In my spare time I enjoy live music, belgian beer, people watching, sea food (all food), writing poetry, and learning new things. I get cabin fever if I’m in the same place for too long and my friends say I walk like Bambi on ice . Nothing terrifies me more than boredom and that feeling of emptiness and apathy that sometimes creeps over me.
I built this website to share some poetry and offer a chaotic and subjective lens on things that matter to me in the world and why. More importantly, I wish to record my own intellectual, creative and personal growth and hopefully provide inspiration for others who are emotionally “all over the place” and struggle in organising their thoughts, feelings and life.
My writing mainly explores the importance of creativity and mental health within society, examining questions in the fields of science, psychology, philosophy, economics, the arts, etc. My aim is to help people become more self-aware and creatively active, and not be completely enslaved, in thought and action, by the competitiveness and pressure of a society that places productivity over humanity. It is my belief that the dynamics we are subject to in our daily lives are counter-productive for society and progress, in that they underestimate emotional individuality and creativity.