I actually still don’t really feel like blogging… but then I sort of feel like I should… and then I figure that I don’t really want to. Yeah, I’m just a bit confused. Maybe I just need to, but I don’t want to. Actually, no, I don’t think I need to. That very notion is almost ridiculous. Most likely, I’m just bored of studying and assignment-ing, and I’m looking for a distraction. Not that I don’t already have enough of those. And not, of course, that I’ve actually gotten much done lately.
Watched the Lions vs Sydney match last night. Well, most of it, anyway. It’s nice to see the Lions doing good again. They’re doing alright anyway. As much as I am apprehensive, I’m hopeful that they’ll make the top 8 this season.
With the Broncos, though – you’d sort of just expect them to make the finals. Even with a new coach, new line up of players, it would still seem insane for them to not finish in the top 8. But, of course, watching Friday night’s match against the Roosters sort of makes one think twice about that. To be honest, I switched off a bit before full time, so that I could go do some work. I think they were leading by at least two converted tries, and there wasn’t much time left on the clock, so I figured they’d win comfortably, and I didn’t need to watch the final moments.
They did end up winning, but it was such a dodgy victory because, as it turns out, Sydney were able to close the margin to only four points. I was shocked and disappointed when I found out. But, of course, I’d take a win over a loss any day, so couldn’t be entirely disappointed with the result.
Even with such great matches, though, I don’t think I’ve been able to quite get "into" the NRL or AFL as much as I did last year or the years before. I wouldn’t say I’m losing interest for them, but feels like I’m not committing as much time to following it any more. Maybe I just have too many other things to preoccupy myself with. I reckon I still follow the Broncos’ and Lions’ progress quite avidly, but I’m doubting whether I’ll end up remembering all the players’ names and positions and all that pointless information.
Actually, maybe I’m just prioritising things that need remembering. Like, it’s important to remember things that get you by every day, and examinable information, and so on and so forth. I know there have been studies to suggest that the human memory is not a finite thing, where you have to get rid of old memories to make room for new ones, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prioritise new information in respect to what gets stored, and when and where it gets stored.
I don’t want to go into that too much – it’s way too intellectual a topic that’s not directly related to what I’m supposed to be studying. Although, I must say, I do find memory to be such a fascinating thing. But, again, I’m not going to go into that too much here and now.
I did a fair bit of reading on placebo effects yesterday, so I suppose that’s what I shall write about now. I won’t bore you with definitions and mechanisms of action. But what I found interesting was this thing about ‘negative placebo effect’. The example was how people take sleeping pills, then expect to fall asleep quickly, but then start worrying/panicking because they’re not falling asleep.
Some researchers then decided to give people ‘arousal pills’ to make them sleep. The people who took the ‘arousal pills’ believed they weren’t sleeping because of the pills, and didn’t blame their condition, so they didn’t worry about falling asleep, and actually ended up falling asleep faster than those who were told they were taking ‘sleeping pills’. (Wow.. I didn’t realise how long that sentence was until I re-read it just then. Can’t be bothered cutting it up, though.) See, don’t need drugs – just some mind games. Placebo effect is also believed to be quite important in treating pain because pain is a subjectively perceived thing.
On a final note, I still maintain that it’s nice to smile at random passers-by. Although, I must admit, the positive response rate is a bit less than optimal – some people won’t even make eye contact. Oh well.. I think nothing of it. Can’t say I didn’t try.