I am interested in text and have created a generator that would lead me to a word that would inform my 3 experiments.
I went to a bookshop and selected 5 books. To choose each book I counted along the shelf and selected every 17th book (17th is my birthdate) opened to a page and then chose one word from the page that stuck out for me.

The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript by Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron
How He Died and other Poems by John Farrell
Polly Stenham Hotel
Indian Buddhism by A.K. Warder

A Natural and Unnatural History of Breasts by Florence Williams

After completing this process I had 5 selected words.

Clay- The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript
Asphodel- How He Died and Other Poems (meaning: a type of everlasting flower)
Touched- Polly Stenham Hotel
Authenticated- Indian Buddhism
Reality- A Natural and Unnatural History of Breasts

I typed these 5 words into google search.
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This was the first result that popped up.
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I then selected the word "IDENTITIES" to be the word that would inform my experiments.

After presenting my random generator, I realised that process I had used to select my word was random enough. I added in an extra step to the process by clicking on the first link and then counting each word until I got to 17. I then chose the 17th word which happened to be "IDENTITY". Although my initial process was too controlled I found that the coincidence of choosing a variation of the first word a confirmation that this should be the topic that I explore.
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I began my mind map by starting with researching the definition of "identity".


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There is a drop down option that shows information on the words origin and other definitions.
I found that the origin of the word "identity" is derived from the Latin word "idem" (same).
I was interested in the lines that make up each letter in my chosen word and how identity is a universal word that globally people identify with. This lead me to look up the top 5 most spoken languages in the world and translate "identity" into the languages to see how the aesthetics of the word change.

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Spanish(English in third)

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I was also interested in the psychology behind identity development and when it occurs in a persons lifetime. I found that the peak of identity development is in adolescents. The definition of identity also differed from the dictionary definition which I found interesting as it delved deeper into understanding the brain.

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Then I began researching maps of the brains and which areas are triggered for different emotions and thoughts.
I found the below image which made me question what would happen to ones understanding of their identity if you removed one section from the map of the brain?
This is something that I would like to explore and the psychology behind the construction of identity.

For my experiments I want to explore the different avenues people look at to understand their identities. This could include psychology, their cultural heritage, astronomy and family upbringing. I want to look at how identity is influenced by so many different things and how some characteristics can be thrust upon us (eg by our family upbringing) and some are acquired as we grow up and begin making our own individual choices.