Reflecting on the first year of the MA I needed to consider where my interests lie. Over the last few years I have become increasingly interested in the unconscious mind and it’s many guises, memory, emotions, intuition and creativity. What started with Neurolinguistic Programming and coping strategies for the challenges of life, including depression and a family history of dementia has expanded to encompass everything I can find to give greater insight into the unconscious. When Monika mentioned Eric Kandel’s recent publication The Age of Insight, the quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind and brain (thank you Monika), I was fascinated. Nobel Prize winner for his work on memory, Kandel has produced an immense academic work that successfully brings together the world of mind biology and the arts. Written in a hugely readable style the work eloquently discusses the subject from the window of 1900 Vienna, offering insight into the emotional expressionistic art of Klimt , Kokoschka and Schiele, supported by detailed psycholological and medical research. Gripping.