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. Home is Where The Redirect Link Leads — June 23, 2014
  2. Teen Attends University, Can Now Tell You Her Experience Fits Erikson’s Developmental Model for Early Adulthood — June 2, 2014
  3. Monday Miscellany: New Data, Negative Results, Innate Differences — June 2, 2014
  4. Optimism, Priming — May 29, 2014
  5. Can Can Can — May 27, 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

Jun 23 2014

Home is Where The Redirect Link Leads

Hello, wonderful commenters, readers, and other-people-peering-at-this. I’m writing with bittersweet news: G&H is moving, this time to a standalone location. I have adored being here. I have gotten to write next to some of my favorite people in the world, and it has been and important and warm and loving community. There aren’t grand reasons …

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Jun 02 2014

Teen Attends University, Can Now Tell You Her Experience Fits Erikson’s Developmental Model for Early Adulthood

I have talked a lot about graduating in the last months. I have technically finished classes at this point, and I’m in the thick of writing final papers and packing. …and, I don’t have a good ending story for college. No elevator pitch. No pithy commentary. College was a time of self-discovery, but honestly. Call …

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Jun 02 2014

Monday Miscellany: New Data, Negative Results, Innate Differences

1. Psychologist has believed for years that at some point, psychology will vindicate his belief that the hot hand effect exists. When evidence does finally appear…he goes looking for disconfirmation  You would think, then, that 15 years later I would feel vindicated. New data suggests that when you use much richer data than was available previously, the …

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May 29 2014

Optimism, Priming

[Early morning airport thoughts, mostly organized] There’s been a great replication debate playing its way across psychology this year, heating up recently, and there are some particularly good things being said. Things that make me happier and more exclamatory about this field I love. To start, two years ago, Daniel Kahneman wrote an open email …

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May 27 2014

Can Can Can

[Somewhat more rambly post, still frantically packing and finishing finals] I’ve noticed something recently, about this phrase: Can you do something for me? There are two ways this phrase can go. Can you do something for me…[by never doing this thing that I hate that you've been doing?] and Can you do something for me? …

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May 26 2014

Monday Miscellany: Everything, Ems, Eggs

1. Three different relationship stories, one important principle. Whoever injected our collective brain with the idea that love is something we earn by making ourselves want only smaller, appropriate, manageable things needs to come here and fight me, with fists. Because I want EVERYTHING. I want love, I want great sex, I want great kissing, …

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May 23 2014

Seeing the Ceiling

Say I want to settle the question of who’s more moral, atheists or the religious. I’ve got a lab and a grant and some spare time, (A girl can dream, can’t she?) so I set up the experiment that will solve the question once and for all. Say I bring a bunch of religious people …

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May 23 2014

Annotated Psych Links

…exactly what it sounds like. Every once in a while I start to think we’re getting somewhere concrete on this whole braining thing, and then I’m reminded that our method looks a lot like “poke it with a stick and see what happens.” Or, you know, “poke it with a deep brain stimulator and see …

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May 21 2014

On ‘Bad Media’ and Bingeing

[Content note: eating disorders] I still think about this article on writing about eating disorders: Ginia Bellafante put it well a few years ago, in a book review for the New York Times:“Anorexia is a disease of contradiction: it demands both discipline and indulgence …. The anorexic disappears in order to be seen; she labors to self-improve as …

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May 19 2014

Monday Miscellany: Masterpost, Metaphors, MOVING

Housekeeping Note: I move to the Bay Area for the summer, beginning June 6th. I have a MASSIVE AND SCARY list of things to do before then, and posts will be slightly shorter. If you live there, lovely! I will be deeply sleep deprived for at least several days, but will be around through the …

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