The gut-brain axis (GBA) has long been a concept in common language, with phrases such as ‘butterflies in the stomach,’ ‘gut instincts,’ and ‘gut feelings’, but until recently the biological pathways through which gut-brain communication occurs were not well understood. In the last decade, many researchers have focused on the mechanisms of the GBA, exposing … Continue reading The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Communication Pathway: Impact on Mental and Physical Wellbeing
This paper is the first of much research into polyamory that I intend to complete over the course of my education. This is unfortunately limited in scope and I look forward to future publications in which I can explore the many nuances of polyamorous lifestyles through an academic lense. Introduction Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) is an … Continue reading Stigmatic Beliefs Towards Polyamory and Consensual Non-Monogamy
In the dominant western worldview, gender is conceptualized as a binary construct which places individuals into gender categories based on biological sex. In this social context, there are typical characteristics that each gender is expected to express: men being dominant, strong, aggressive, and logical, and women being nurturing, passive, emotional, and intuitive. In addition to … Continue reading Variations on the Gender Binary: An Exploration of a Social Construct
Although the institution of marriage is a cultural universal, the specifics of what it looks like vary depending on the cultural context as well as various conditions within each population. In the western world marriage is typically a monogamous union between two individuals who have been tied together in love. When one begins to look … Continue reading Marriage in a Cross Cultural Context – Polygamy Around the World
In this modern age, humanity is living within a paradox of being connected in ways that have never before been possible while simultaneously facing a great disconnection from traditional communities, interpersonal relationships, and the natural world. Due to this paradox, as well as ever increasing globalization, many people are coming from complex cultural and genealogical … Continue reading Community Dance Rituals and Rites of Passage Within the Electronic Music Festival Countercultural Movement
In the present time on earth the human race is faced with mounting challenges to be overcome in order to shift to a sustainable way of living. The human population has surpassed 7.3 billion and shows no signs of slowing down (Worldometers). Climate change looms over us, threatening the worlds most vulnerable people with droughts, … Continue reading Degrowth: The Path to a Sustainable Future?
The following is a presentation I gave to my Music Psychology Course. Some people have expressed interest in reading what I came up with and so I decided to post it here for ease of sharing and to maintain the feeling of the presentation as closely as possible. I hope you enjoy reading this as much … Continue reading An Intersection of Communication and Communion