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10.16.14 Michael Rougeau

ANIMAL’s feature Game Plan asks game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, we spoke with Matt Gilgenbach of Infinitap Games about Neverending Nightmares, a game that conveys the horrors of one developer’s struggles with mental illness. Depression is becoming a […]

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09.19.14 Sophie Weiner

Scientists are getting closer to nailing down which portion of the brain makes people with mood disorders more sensitive to negative life events. The breakthrough comes after experiments at UC San Diego which demonstrate new links between certain neurotransmitters and emotions like disappointment. In studies on rodents, scientists discovered that neurons above the thalamus were producing “both a common […]

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09.11.14 Sophie Weiner

In 2012, suicide was the second biggest cause of death for people aged 15 to 29 worldwide. A recent study from the World Health Organization provided comparative suicide rates by country. Those with the most suicides per 100,000 people included Russia and surrounding countries, North Korea, India and Japan. More than 800,000 people committed suicide in 2012, according to the WHO report. […]

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08.07.14 Michael Rougeau

ANIMAL’s feature Game Plan asks video game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, we spoke with Jakub Juszczak of Apertureless about Prisoned, a game in which he explores his own depression through a mix of real and fictional events. Prisoned […]

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07.30.14 Sophie Weiner

In Prisoned, a new interactive narrative by German game developer Jakub Juszczak, you are a girl named Judy who is battling depression as she becomes an adult. The world of the game is both an escape and a trap; wandering through a stark landscape you are faced with bleak emotions and loneliness. Indie Statik described the uneasy familiarity […]

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07.24.14 Sophie Weiner

Brooklyn artist Marni Kotak, who stirred up controversy in 2011 by giving birth at a gallery, will now wean herself off the psychoactive medications she started taking during her postpartum depression. For six weeks, Kotak will sit in a gallery while taking notes on her fluctuating feelings as she withdraws. The artist’s performance is intended as […]

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12.02.13 Andy Cush

It is 2013, and the U.S. is depressed. We’re more politically divided than we’ve ever been, and though the recession is officially over, unemployment is still high. Healthcare.gov still isn’t working, climate change has rendered our weather incredibly hostile, foreign wars claim unimaginable numbers of human lives. Paul Walker is dead, for Christ’s sake. According […]

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08.15.13 Andy Cush

A new study confirms what many already know to be true: spending time on Facebook really does make you sad. The research, conducted at the University of Michigan, found that looking at Facebook decreased users’ well-being and satisfaction with life, an effect that was exacerbated with longer durations spent on the site. Participants would receive […]

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04.17.13 Marina Galperina

Jayson Musson, I <3 you. The New York artist’s “Hennessy Youngman” persona aka YouTube’s best art critic is back with a hot new mixtape that recreates the experience of lonely shopping at CVS. Presenting: “CVS Bangers.” CVS BANGERS IS THE AUDIOSCAPE FOR WHEN YOU’RE BUYING TAMPONS OR A 12 PACK OF CONDOMS, A SAMPLING OF THOSE […]

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04.01.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Our ability to read into the emotions of others through body language — sometimes more accurately than through their words — is one of those psychological phenomenons that makes humans awesome. But could a computer do it better than a flesh-and-blood psychiatrist? The digital program SimSensei tries: It monitors users’ subtle body language and facial […]

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