About

The Happy Homunculus is constantly evolving, but could be described as a blog about the psychology of performance.  How do our thoughts impact how we feel and perform?  Also, is it possible to improve our thinking?  I will be using this blog to explore these concepts and share what I find with the intrawebs!

Hopefully, you'll follow along as I put my own homunculus through his paces.  Also, please comment on the articles.  My homunculus loves feedback...  Remember though, the articles on the Happy Homunculus are just for fun and shouldn't take the place of medical or mental health advice.  If you're having a really tough time with life, please seek help from a professional.

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About the author
My name is Vince and I recently received brain-science accreditation when I earned my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University.  I also have a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale University.  Currently, I'm a scientist at a medical device start-up in the Boston area. In my "real job", my work has nothing to do with what I blog about: we're developing a medical device to treat obesity.

I started the Happy Homunculus to serve as a catchment for my amateur philosophizing about cognition.  I hope you can find something of use here.  Enjoy!




What is a Homunculus?
The homunculus mascot is inspired by the homunculus argument in philosophy, which argues that there is a virtual little dude or dudette in our brain that controls our minds.  Of course, arguments like these are always problematic: who controls the homunculus!?  At The Happy Homunculus, the term "homunculus" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to our conscience, subconscious, little-voice-inside, or other psycho-phenomena.  Essentially, whenever your thoughts seem to have two different "parts" participating, one of those is your homunculus.  Which part?  That's up to you...