Change of pace

Mind Hacks posts may be a little irregular in the future as I’ve just moved location and job. I’ve left the wonderful city of Medellín and am now living in Colombia’s impressive capital, Bogotá.

I’ve also started working as a psychologist for Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders if you’re American) and, as you might expect, the pace of work is a little more intense and unpredictable than usual – not least because I will be spending quite a bit of time ‘on the road’ to work with some of the many MSF projects in the rather more troubled areas of the country.

In fact, I hear that some of areas we work in are so badly affected that they don’t even have Twitter, so blogging is likely to be a bit restricted at times.

However, Tom and I are mulling over some interesting new plans and we’ll still both be posting when in internet enabled zones, but you might see a change of pace.

This also seems a great opportunity to thank the psychologists and psychiatrists I had the pleasure of working with in Medellín, especially from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Antioquia, from whom I learnt a great deal and with whom I had some incredibly enjoyable times.

Muchas gracias a todos!


  1. Posted January 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    No sabía que estabas en Colombia! Que gusto que hables Español también! Te saluda un seguidor de Argentina de tu excelente blog. Me encantaría poder entrar en contacto para charlar varias cosas sobre psicología

  2. Posted January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Dear Vaughan, congratulations with your new job with such an exiting new company as MsF. I will really miss your tweets and insights. Hope you and Tom will find a way to get through or interest others to do so. Mind Hacks is (by far) one of the most interesting sites I have come across. Through Twitter! So good luck with your new plans and lots of success and personal luck in 2011 for you and Tom. I plan to write a blog on the use of new brain research (and the often false interpretations) using you as source. I am a neuropsychologist working in Customer Experience.

  3. Posted January 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on the new (and, it sounds, exciting) work. I hope you can keep up with Spike updates, as I’ve grown complacent in trusting you to keep my up-to-date!

  4. Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Amazing and impressive and well-deserved. As a longtime contributor to Doctors Without Borders, I couldn’t be happier to hear you have joined that team.

    Now: When will you find time to write that book?

    All best,

  5. Wendy
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations and best wishes on your move. I myself just moved from the US to Canada and am in the process of adjusting =) I’ve always enjoyed your blog, have just purchased the book, and look forward to many exciting things from you in the year to come.

  6. Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Vaughan. Fewer posts will be our loss, but I wish you all the best. They’re lucky to have you.

  7. Michelle B
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad that you will be working with Médecins sans Frontières. This is a great blog which informs so many.

  8. Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow exciting stuff Vaughan, enjoy the new job!

  9. cavall de quer
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Well, I guess Medecins sans frontieres need you more than we do – but not much. Los de Barcelona tambien tenemos ilusion para ver el blog en castellano…solo que no lo digas a los catalanes!

  10. Kraepelin
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Querido Vaughn,
    en español te diría que tienes unos güevos enormes… y esto te lo digo de corazón. Por supuesto que enhorabuena por tu nuevo trabajo; es nuestra pérdida ya que supongo que bajará el rendimiento de tu fantástico blog.
    En fin, enhorabuena de nuevo y estaremos a la espera de tus noticias en Medicins sans Frontieres.

    Un abrazo de un canario desde Kingston, Ontario.

  11. Patricio
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Vaughan! And best wishes for the new job. :)

  12. Patricio
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Okay, that was cheap. Here go my congratulations in Spanish.

    Felicitaciones, Vaughan! Muy merecido, por cierto. Seguramente el tiempo que te quite el trabajo nos será devuelto en calidad de posts.

    A propósito, siempre quise traducir tus posts y re-publicarlos para el público hispanoparlante.

  13. MsJulie
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    All the best!

    I will enjoy your future posts whenever and however they come. You have broadened my horizons.

  14. Posted January 4, 2011 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations from Argentina.
    I am a reader of this blog since 2 or 3 years…
    Keep the good work!

  15. Posted January 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Vaughan, and best of luck. The new job sounds very exciting!

  16. Posted January 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck with the new job — and I shall continue to enjoy your updates as and when you find the time to write them. I’ve said this before, but your writings have been genuinely inspirational to me. Thank you.

  17. Posted January 7, 2011 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Congratulations. Thought I would take the opportunity to say that I always scan for your tweets and enjoy your posts a great deal (you have an eye for interesting stuff). It was also very kind of you to help me get started with some followers last year when I joined Twitter!

    I hope you enjoy this next endeavor.

  18. Posted January 7, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, and good luck! :)

  19. Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I wish you the best. Thanks so much for your posts.

  20. Karen
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Hola Vaughn,
    La verdad soy nueva en este blog pero me llamó mucho la atención que estés viviendo en Colombia. Soy Neuropsicóloga y también trabajo en Bogotá, así que si alguna vez necesitas algo me cuentas.

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