My name is Sarah, and I am a freshman here at W&M. This past year, I was extremely fortunate and was able to work in Professors Forestell and Dicker’s lab. The three year study we’re working on is looking at responses in children and adults to smoking and alcohol pictures. We use questionnaires, an EEG study, and a variety of computer tasks to assess their reactions.
Last fall I returned to the United States after living overseas for seventeen years. This experience, while unusual, is not unique. In fact, there is a term for people like me- “third culture kids.” A third culture kid is “someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture” (Pollock 2009).