Author Archives: Brian Stephen Stoyanoff

Taste Aversion

Who doesn’t like going to the movies?  Especially seeing a movie without snacks or popcorn? Not many people I would assume.  But for me, a different story.  Back when I was a freshman or so in high school my good friend had a birthday party dinner at Applebees, and then off to the theater to watch a movie.  Now who doesn’t like popcorn, so of course I got a large bag with extra butter.  By the end of the movie I ate the entire bag.  Afterwards it was time to go home because it was late.  The next morning my neighbor and I went to see another film in theaters.  So I did the same thing; got a large bag of popcorn with extra butter.  By the end of the movie it was gone once again, and then I went home to relax.  Later that evening I started to feel sick and proceeded to throw-up 5 different times.  After that i couldn’t even think about popcorn without feeling sick.  By now I had developed a taste aversion towards popcorn.

A taste aversion is when people eat or drink something and then feel sick afterwards and never want to eat or drink that certain thing again.  They associate being sick with eating that food.  This can explain why wolves are afraid of sheep.  Experimenters would poison dead sheep so the wolves would eat them and then become sick afterwards due to the poison.  After a while the wolves associated the sheep with becoming sick and would run away from them.

However, as I grow older and now that I am 19, my taste aversion for popcorn is slowly becoming extinct.  I can now eat little portions of it, but I still cannot eat as much as I did when I was younger.  Sometimes I still get the thought of throwing-up when I think of the large bag and extra butter.  Now, when my friends and I go to a movie and i see them get a large bag I cringe at the sight.  I tell them to be careful but they don’t listen to me.  They will just have to learn for themselves.

False Memory

All of us can probably say we have suffered from false memory before.  Something we remember so vividly that we can recall it without question, but others cannot remember it.  However, if we can recall it so easily then can we say that it is true? The answer is no.  The brain can simply put in a false memory even though that event never happened.  This is why eyewitness testimony is actually not allowed in some countries because the eyewitness can recall something that happened that is totally wrong or misleading.  It is extremely difficult to assess the accuracy of an eyewitness’s testimony without objective evidence.  On the contrary this is not to say that every memory we have is false.  Most memories we have are/must be true or else life would be very hard to live.

Most of the time our false memory comes from source amnesia, which is when we attribute an event to the wrong source.  It could be something we have heard, experienced, read or imagined ourselves.  It is related to the miscommunication effect.

I can recall a time where I had this experience and I thought I was recalling an event that had happened, but I was the only one to remember it.  The reason for that is because it actually never occurred in real life, just in my memory.  My dad was giving me directions one day and I tried to recall where he was in the directions.  I remembered where to go and when I explained to him what I thought I was totally wrong.  I named a road that did not even exist, but I swear I remember driving on it before.  My brain had put in that road because of other roads that I recalled were similar.  Just like in class when Professor Wede read a list of words that are similar to chair, but chair was not a word in the list and the majority of us could have sworn it was.  I remember a road that was similar to real ones and thought it was real.  In reality it does not exist, and my false memory is the culprit, as for many of you as well.

Brian Stoyanoff

Nativism (Nature)

Nativism is the idea that our thoughts, ideas and characteristics are inborn.  I feel that this is true of all of us, and we can all think of an example in out lives to back this theory up.  Being a male, I have grown up to love sports.  Now this also may be true for some other guys and even girls, but I would bet that this is true for more guys.  The reason I have this theory is because I grew up with two older sisters in the household.  Being together for eighteen years I have noticed our different ideas towards sports and our likes and dislikes.  It is in a girls nature to like more feminine activities such as painting nails, gymnastics, playing with dolls and talking on the phone with friends.  To continue, it is in a boys nature to do more masculine activities such as ride bikes, play with trucks, watch and play sports, etc.

As I mentioned before I love to watch and play sports.  This is an example of Nativism.  I was born with traits similar to other men and women are born with traits similar to other women.  This can be seen all the way through the early Greeks.  Socrates and Plato claimed that we learn about ourselves by examining others, and including one’s thoughts and feelings.  Today we call this introspection, or “looking within”.  I have studied my sisters, and can say that Socrates and Plato were right.  I feel that I can make a strong argument solely based on my interaction with my sisters for eighteen years.  The nature of people a lot of the time can be determined by there gender and interactions with others.  My experience throughout my childhood has shown me that Nativism, explained early on by Socrates and Plato, holds true up to today and will continue to show us how different all of us are, sometimes even based on our gender.

Brian Stoyanoff