Author Archives: Alison Kidd

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist

What’s the value of your home?

Isn’t it ironic that if someone happens to ask us the value of our house, we don’t tell them how attractive it is or how warm and comfortable or how much we enjoy the views. We simply give them a … Continue reading

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Identity and Narrative

“There is no complete life. There are only fragments. We are born to have nothing, to have it pour through our hands.“ For anyone who puzzles about how random or intentional our behaviour really is or the power of self … Continue reading

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Natural energy storage

It’s good to be reminded every now and then how plants do energy storage over long time periods much more effectively than we ever can with batteries. The process is less efficient but the lengthy time shifting is invaluable from … Continue reading

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Open eyed or open minded?

Are you open to new experiences and interpretations? Able to see both sides of an argument or imagine a different way the world could be? Do you quickly spot the humour of ambiguous situations? At one time in my (increasingly) … Continue reading

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Enjoying disorder

Having published my own research on messy desks and knowledge workers an age ago in  1994, it was pleasing to see that people are still exploring this fascinating subject. This more recent article explores some of the benefits of living … Continue reading

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1 Year domestic solar storage data

We have now had our 6kWh Wattstor solar battery (nicknamed ‘Bert’) for a full 12 months. (It actually holds 12kWh but only half of that is used by the system.) It was installed by Gwent Energy CIC. Previously, we simply … Continue reading

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Oblique or Obscure – Psychology & Art

For the past couple of years, I’ve been part of a small artist group, the Larks and Ravens. My personal interest, as ever, is psychology – in this case exploring  how visual art can trigger new  ways of viewing our … Continue reading

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