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. Things Psychology Accidentally Taught Me — April 16, 2014
  2. Monday Miscellany: Caring, Comments, K.C. — April 14, 2014
  3. No, You Probably Don’t Want ‘Peer Reviewed Evidence for God’ — April 13, 2014
  4. Measles and the Inoculation Effect — April 12, 2014
  5. Monday Miscellany: NPR, Non-monogamy, Neurocomic — April 7, 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

Mar 27 2014

Counterintuitive Underreactions and Overreactions

The quality of not reacting in an upset way to new information has been on my mind recently. People seem to tell me things regularly—a driving force, if not the initial impetus behind my career choice–and something I’ve noticed as a skill is knowing when to react strongly to emotionally-loaded information…and when to treat an offhand …

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Mar 24 2014

Monday Miscellany: SkepTech, SATs, State-of-the-Art Prosthetics

I re-emerge! I have survived finals and am (impatiently, nervously) waiting on answers from grad school. This week involves vacationing in Boston and the reanimation of my blogging. 1. Every year, my college runs an Eating Disorder Awareness Week. And every year, I avoid the student union like a plague during the Eating Disorder Awareness …

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Mar 03 2014

Monday Miscellany: Puns, Purple Line, Pets

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1.  Watch out friends, “that’s ambiguous news!” might be my new favorite exclamation. Leah on the Congressional Budget Office. 2. I’ve a hunch that this exchange (excerpted at right) from A Moment of Innocence will make some large portion of my readers go all starry-eyed. 3. The What Happens After Game, a coping strategy via …

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Feb 28 2014

Adoption: Legality and Journalistic Hype

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So, there’s this article in The New Republic. Meet the New Anti-Adoption Movement: The surprising next frontier in reproductive justice. And I, being the sort who dutifully reads any instance of Someone Wrong On The Internet that crosses my field of vision, clicked. It’s not bad. The title, fortunately, seems to be butchering the aims of the …

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Feb 23 2014

[Sunday Assembly Chicago] Talk Notes, Citations, Oddments

[General version of what I'm saying at Sunday Assembly Chicago today. Yes, the footnotes start at 2. I edited and didn't want to go fix all superscripts at 6 am this morning.] Good morning! I’m Kate Donovan, and in about two sentences, I’m going to stop talking. I’m going to smile (see?) and stare pleasantly back at you, …

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Feb 21 2014

Losing at Brain Games

[TW: ED] Small post today, because I’m feeling contemplative. I had something confirmed for me last week–that I have an unusual presentation and persistence of eating disorder/disordered eating* symptoms, given all the treatment, work, time I throw at it. In short, standard and adapted-for-me coping mechanisms and approaches for my anorexia tendencies (henceforth anorexia!brain) trigger …

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Feb 18 2014

Science Meets Social Services: Helping Effectively

Used with permission from Sunday Assembly Chicago

This Sunday, at a bright and sunny hour, I’ll be speaking at Chicago’s Sunday Assembly. I’m testing out a new talk, a little lighter on the psychopathology research, and a little heavier on staying sane while serving others. From the release: Donovan will discuss our world of grieving friends, social inequality, and thousands of charities …

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Feb 18 2014

Eating Disorders: The Stories We Tell

[This is a repost of a piece I wrote a year ago on Teen Skepchick. I've started therapy specifically focusing on disordered eating, with a goal of leaving college in a Mostly Functional state, and was reflecting on past experiences. I still live by the ballet studio, and I've stopped in once, to pick up …

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Feb 17 2014

Monday Miscellany: Weasleys, Trolls, Regret

E.E. Buckels et al, "Trolls just want to have fun," Personality and Individual Differences, 2014.

1. Rude doctors aren’t just annoying, they’re dangerous to patient health. A substantial body of data attributes medical errors to interactions among hospital workers. Calls for improved patient safety gained traction from the late 1980s through the early ’90s, when Australian researchers reported a shocking find: the vast majority of medical errors, some 70‑80 per …

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Feb 11 2014

[#FtBCon] Mental Illness & Society

I live in a large house with eleven people and occasionally questionable wifi. So, on the morning of Sunday’s FtBCon, I walked to campus to find a quiet room to do my panel. Option 1: temporarily under reorganization, which seemed to involve moving desks around and dropping them for maximum noise. Option 2: Mysteriously full. …

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