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.