Hello. My name is Ruth and I’m a 23 year old psychology student from the UK. Cognitive Renaissance was conceived pretty randomly one night as I struggled to sleep. A sufferer of recurrent depression, the blog aims to act as an intersection between mental health, psychology and art; the last two of which are long-time interests of mine. I’ll also probably end up throwing in seemingly random memes and posts about my mood.

The name is a (quite bad) play on Leon Festinger’s 1957 theory of cognitive dissonance, whereby situations involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours  are thought to produce in us a feeling of discomfort. In turn it is said we are motivated to reduce this discomfort by restoring cognitive consistency – often resulting in irrational or maladaptive behaviour in the process. In the context of this blog however it represents a renewed way of looking at various psychology-related phenomena, using art as a guide along the way.

If you would like to be friends I can be bribed very easily with cake, pretty stationary or Wes Anderson movies. Or pugs.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Ruth, I just wanted to say I’ve been poking around your blog and I really relate to a lot of what you’ve written. Psychology and art are two of my biggest passions and I hope to continue to see you post on here. Hang in there.

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    1. Hi Molly, I can’t tell you how much it meant to read your comment, especially now. It’s great to know you share my interests and have found things here you can relate to. Thank you for poking around. I will try my best.
      – Ruth


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