Kate Donovan

Author's details

Date registered: September 2, 2012


Kate is a psychology student at Northwestern University who runs on coffee and snark. At some point she'd like to make people sit on couches and tell her about their feelings, but right now she writes on the internet and makes silly faces when she doesn't know what to say. An incorrigible optimist, she likes to knit, juggle, and will devour any book in reach. Questions? You can reach her at donovanable[at]gmail[dot]com.

Latest posts

  1. A List of Arbitrary Length: True Brain Facts — July 5, 2013
  2. Monday Miscellany — June 24, 2013
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — June 20, 2013
  4. Monday Miscellany: Chronic Pain, Brains, & Beauty — June 17, 2013
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — June 11, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. When You Tie Shootings to Mental Illness — 315 comments
  2. You are Not His Mother — 163 comments
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — 124 comments
  4. A National Database of the Mentally Ill — 57 comments
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — 52 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 05 2013

A List of Arbitrary Length: True Brain Facts

Arbitrary and in no particular order! 1. Left-brain, Right brain? No. Staaaaaaaaaahp While it is true that in most adults language is localized in the left hemisphere of the brain, (but not for 40% of left handed people! About 20% have right-side localization and another 20% have bilateral language) and it appears that the right …

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Jun 24 2013

Monday Miscellany

Debating race and inequality is….messy. Chana needs a better science-religion Venn diagram. I can’t figure out which part to quote, so you should read the whole thing. Here’s a nifty pull quote from David Silverman, interviewed at Netroots Nation: But really when we’re talking about how we’re dealing with this, it’s hard because atheism is …

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Jun 20 2013

Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff

Move over, Noodliness.

I floated this post idea on Twitter and everyone told me to write it, so if this goes badly, I think I can just blame it on them, right? That’s how it works? It’s not that the original Flying Spaghetti Monster wasn’t a useful allegory–in fact, it was a hilarious allegory with enough snark to …

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Jun 17 2013

Monday Miscellany: Chronic Pain, Brains, & Beauty


My partner graduated yesterday! I was in a different state! I might be a bad girlfriend! I use exclamation points a lot! But it’s Monday, so I’m a little more caffeinated and a little less exclamatory…so click some links! Can we diagnose mood disorders via brain scans? Man, I wish we could. Luckily, it looks …

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Jun 11 2013

How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy

Warning: heavy sarcasm ahead.  Prompted by some combination of bad psych journalism, tropes, and bad advice I’ve been given.  Take your meds. People who go off their meds are scary and dangerous, and I heard about one of them who went on a rampage. But also, you shouldn’t need your medication to function. Everybody is …

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Jun 10 2013

Monday Miscellany

Hello from Ohio! I moved here on Sunday for the summer, and as I adjust my schedule to fit work, it may take me a few days to settle back to blogging. After that–well, I have these plans to write a post every day. Until then…other people’s blogs. Olivia writes about the new DSM, and …

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Jun 05 2013

And Then, Square One

Kendell Geers, Master Mistress of My Passion VII, 2010, Jesomite and glass, Courtesy Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles.

This…is part weird announcement, part rant.  I wrote this piece a few months ago, the week I terminated therapy. I didn’t really expect to keep writing full posts about the experience of mental illness. And it’s true. I’ve been managing my eating well. I haven’t been panicky at the prospect of getting dressed in the …

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Jun 03 2013

Monday Miscellany

Morning! Pour yourself some coffee and click these links. This week in really cool science: People with anorexia move as if they’re their perceived size. While it’s obviously just one study, could a test like this be used as a screening tool? It gets at the cognitive side, rather than relying on the (mostly behavioral) side of …

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May 31 2013

The Best of the Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international group of 28,000 volunteers who sit around organizing research, examining the evidence behind medicine and therapeutic techniques, writing easy to read summaries of their findings, and generally improving the state of information. And nobody told me about it. Guys, I’m so disappointed. There I am, at work, hunting down …

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May 28 2013

How Not To Be a Jerk to the Future of Your Movement

These guys make it possible. (And make funny faces.)

(This post could be more accurately titled How Not To Be a Jerk To, Like, Anyone Younger Than You, but the skepto-atheist movement is actually one where we can directly see how young students and activists are making waves. Also, they’re the ones reading this.) It’s no secret that the secular movement has grown into …

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