My name is Gaige Clark. Hi 🙂
I have a passion for keyboard-driven research and exploration in multiple domains of brain science. Through my childhood I have faced many hardships, through which I was given insights into the subjective nature of mental health issues. While I am currently a university student at UC Merced, most of my knowledge has come from relentlessly sifting through the research that is available online. Never before has research been so freely available to the public, something that shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Through much of my work there is a lean towards a strategy some have called patternism. What this means is I take research across various subfields of psychology and neuroscience and synthesize the information to make arguments that aim to help us rethink the nature of mental illness and disorder, which seem to be ubiquitously misunderstood in today’s world. Social psychology, neurobiology, evolutionary psychology, and pharmacology are intertwined to create theories and models of disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and to understand the nature of consciousness, psychedelic intoxication, and what it means to be human. This blog places a special emphasis on combining social and neurochemical explanations of severe mental illness like schizophrenia. Another frequent topic is the nature and biology of perception as well as ethics, society and evolution.