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【Individual Plans】Happiness from food dopamine, traditional food therapy, herbal medicine

I. Introduction
In our daily life, we often experience pleasure and satisfaction from food, which is related to neurotransmitters such as dopamine secreted by the brain. Dopamine is not only a neurotransmitter that transmits excitement and pleasure, but also influences our eating habits and mental health. This exhibition will explore how food dopamine affects our sense of well-being and the role of traditional food therapy and Chinese medicine in regulating physical and mental health.

II. Content of the exhibition
1. Food Dopamine and Happiness: This part will introduce the physiological role of dopamine and how food stimulates the brain to secrete dopamine, which leads to a sense of well-being. We will show some common high dopamine foods, such as chocolate and coffee.
2. Foods from different countries and traditional therapeutic diets: to collect relevant and representative foods that bring about a sense of well-being, which may come from different countries. This part will show some common dietary therapies and recipes, such as medicinal diets and soups.
3. Chinese herbal medicine and mental health: Chinese herbal medicine not only has remarkable effects in treating diseases, but also has a unique role to play in regulating mental states. We will introduce some common Chinese herbs and their applications in regulating emotions and reducing stress.
4. Interactive experience area: In order to let visitors understand the content of the exhibition more deeply, we will set up an interactive experience area and invite visitors to participate in some activities related to the theme of the exhibition, such as making medicinal dishes and tasting tea.

III. Exhibition Format
1. graphic display: introduce the contents of the exhibition through graphic forms, including the physiological role of dopamine, the effect of food on dopamine, the application of traditional dietary therapy and traditional Chinese medicine.
2. Physical display: displaying some physical objects such as ingredients and herbs related to the theme of the exhibition, so that the audience can understand the relevant contents more intuitively.
3. video display: introduce the production process and application methods of food therapy and traditional Chinese medicine through video, so that the audience can have a deeper understanding of the relevant knowledge and skills.
4. Interactive experience: Setting up an interactive experience area, allowing the audience to better understand the content of the exhibition through actual operation, and improving participation and memory rate.
IV. Value
This exhibition aims to introduce to the audience how food dopamine affects our sense of well-being and the role of traditional food therapy and Chinese medicine in regulating physical and mental health. Through a variety of forms such as graphic displays, physical displays, video presentations and interactive experiences, the exhibition will enable the audience to have a more comprehensive understanding of the relevant knowledge and skills, and to raise their awareness of self-care. It is also hoped that the organisation of this exhibition will promote the community’s interest in and awareness of food therapy and Chinese medicine.

2 replies to “【Individual Plans】Happiness from food dopamine, traditional food therapy, herbal medicine”

  1. edynowsk says:

    Hi Simeng, at the moment your blog needs significantly updated, please try to cover the following each week –

    1. reflections and documentation of your independent research on your individual project (texts, books, articles, exhibitions, artists, curators, places etc)
    2. reflections and documentation of your collective research and organisation on your collective approach
    3. reflections on that weeks reading
    4. reflections on that weeks class activities
    5. any reflections on bringing these together or summative thoughts
    6. crucially it should not only describe what you did, but what you think about it? any questions raised or further areas for exploration.
    7. use images, texts, links etc

  2. Lingli Chen says:

    I can see from your weekly blog that you are thinking about the required reading materials assigned by the course. You also recorded an existing art museum that is useful for your project. I think it is good to record it. Because maybe these contents can inspire your personal projects. But if you can describe in more detail how you came up with the theme of your project through personal classes and daily exhibition experiences, I think the audience will understand your thinking process more clearly.

    In the previous class, you showed us another exhibition theme about “happiness” that invited artists of all ages to participate. Now I see from your blog that you have further refined the definition of “happiness”, mainly focusing on Happiness from food dopamine. You also mentioned traditional food therapy and herbal medicine, highlighting their use in regulating mood and reducing stress. I was wondering if there might be a way to better combine and describe “dopamine” and “food therapy”? If “sense of well-being” does not necessarily need to be achieved by “food therapy”, then what is the significance of “food therapy” here? Do you ultimately want to emphasize the “sense of well-being” brought by dopamine or do you want to arouse people’s attention and understanding of dietary therapy and traditional Chinese medicine? This is a very interesting topic, so there are many questions worth digging into.

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