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Kate Donovan

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Date registered: September 2, 2012

Biography

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. Illusory Bodies, or What If We Totally Confused Your Sense of Owning Your Body? — April 19, 2014
  2. Things Psychology Accidentally Taught Me — April 16, 2014
  3. Monday Miscellany: Caring, Comments, K.C. — April 14, 2014
  4. No, You Probably Don’t Want ‘Peer Reviewed Evidence for God’ — April 13, 2014
  5. Measles and the Inoculation Effect — April 12, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. In Which Our Narrator Strikes Out On Her Own — 35 comments
  2. In Which Scary Things Happened, Decisions Were Made, And I Didn’t Blog — 24 comments
  3. Falling in Love With People — 21 comments
  4. Some Thoughts for The Therapist I’ll Be (Part 1) — 18 comments
  5. The Social Psychology of Sportsball — 17 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 19 2014

Illusory Bodies, or What If We Totally Confused Your Sense of Owning Your Body?

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The short version of our research is that some scientists got together and had this conversation: “Hey, hey, you know that iconic study where researchers made people think a rubber hand belonged to them?!” “Yeah! and how it’s been used in research about racism, pain, empathy, and like, basically everything?” “WAIT. WAIT. What if we …

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Apr 16 2014

Things Psychology Accidentally Taught Me

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1. Never commit a crime unless you know you can get away with it. Otherwise you might end up in front of a jury, and juries are TERRIFYING. So are eyewitnesses. 2. If you want to read through research quickly, you can read the abstract and skip the methods and results reporting in favor of …

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Apr 14 2014

Monday Miscellany: Caring, Comments, K.C.

1. Stephanie on why ‘zero-tolerance’ harassment policies sound pretty, but do damage. Finally, zero-tolerance policies fail because they’re difficult for organizers to follow. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s true. When there’s a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy, it gets harder for organizers to determine they’re making the right choice. Patterns of behavior are easier to work with than …

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Apr 13 2014

No, You Probably Don’t Want ‘Peer Reviewed Evidence for God’

I have a story to tell you about Daryl Bem. Daryl Bem is known for a variety of things–in part for, along with Sandra Lipsitz Bem, raising his children in as gender-neutral a household as possible. He’s a professor at Cornell, and has authored papers on, among other things, group decision making and psi. You …

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Apr 12 2014

Measles and the Inoculation Effect

I gave a talk at Illinois-Wesleyan earlier today about marketing, persuasion, and pseudoscience. As part of the notes, I mentioned that I had heard recently, but wasn’t sure of the veracity, that the measles outbreaks that were getting so much skeptic attention, were being wrongly blamed on anti-vaxxers. A few hours later, my RSS feed …

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Apr 07 2014

Monday Miscellany: NPR, Non-monogamy, Neurocomic

1. I grew up getting my news from NPR. So, uh, this was terrifying. (Bonus points if you read it in the anchor’s voices) 2. There’s been some excellent writing on aspects of polyamory recently. From Mitchell on jealousy, and Ferret, on compersion. I look at compersion as a nice-to-have, a goal you should strive towards …

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Apr 02 2014

Speaking at Illinois-Wesleyan, 4/12 [UPDATED]

I spent much of my spring break in Boston and ran into a few people who live in the area, but hadn’t met in person. And I heard, more than once, “You’re Kate! From the internet!” Which….is true. However! I am planning to exist in my corporeal form in two weeks, when I’ll be speaking …

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Mar 31 2014

Spring Quarter: The Reading List

Books read in the last quarter and associated break time. By my count, about 23 books over ten weeks (not all of them pictured).

It’s the first day of my last quarter of undergrad; the hallowed Last First Day. Winter quarter’s reading list, which was overwhelming and left incomplete (fourteen books for two classes over ten weeks, I ask you.) can be found here. This quarter’s list is far more manageable, and I imagine most of it will be …

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Mar 31 2014

Monday Miscellany: Vohs, Value, Online Vigilantism

Personal note: I’m concluding my undergraduate studies in June. Effective August, I’ll be starting a Masters in Social Work here. The only reason this isn’t in all caps is because I’m pretty sure I wore out all my all-capsing shouting with joy over the weekend, when I found out. So! Boston for me :) Now! …

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Mar 30 2014

Psychology For Gryffindors

This should work if you’ve read canon Harry Potter or Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and is some blending of the two. You can probably make sense of it with one or the other, but let me not fail to remind you that Methods is here and you should read it. Psychology for …

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