It has been a very long road to get to this day, but after five years at Dartmouth College I have successfully defended my dissertation and completed my PhD. [whoa!]
My public talk went rather well despite the anxiety that was welling up inside. I may have stuttered a big more than average, but not terribly so. After the talk my examination committee got a private session to grill me with questions. I was expecting a focused, needling interrogation of known weaknesses in my methods and interpretation. There was some of that, but most of the discussion involved conceptual questions related to development and interoception in general. After an hour the committee excused me from the room to caucus over my fate. When they had reached a decision my advisor Abigail Baird came out into the hall and said “Congratulations, Dr. Bennett”. A very, very surreal moment in my life.
I will make another post soon with all the people I need to thank – there are many.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have some very good scotch to drink. :D