Reflect.

After some feedback, I realised that I have gone off on a bit of a tangent. I need to keep relating my research back to the lens and theme and make sure that I’m challenging opinions. I need to think how my research can change peoples perspectives and what they currently know, or what they …

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Revision of the wider context.

Using the theme of Science with the lens of truth, this essay will explore mental health and the truth behind the treatments, the validity of the things that we know about the conditions and the medicines. This essay focuses on the wider context of mental health, the causes and the treatments behind them, do they …

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Revisiting Semiotics.

Semiotics – all about the sending and receiving messages. It’s the transfer of communication between sender and receiver through different methods. For example oral, written, images, symbols, and body language. Written communication is a visual subset of visual communication, for example hieroglyphics. Shannon and Weaver model. Models like the Shannon and Weaver model help focus, …

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Proposal.

Thinking about what Sanitary Owl think they want and what they need are very different. My concept map was based on what the competitors are doing, and how they approach their branding and advertising. I intend to design something that will mimic a survival kit, used to empower woman and support them through their period. I …

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Brain abnormalities.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2416751/ An argument has raged back and forth as to whether the brain abnormalities in schizophrenia are either neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental in origin (Weinberger and Marenco 2003). The neurodevelopmental view held ascendancy until several recent studies which have now provided evidence of progressive brain deterioration (DeLisi et al 1997; Vita et al 1997; Mathalon et al 2001; Thompson …

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Schizophrenia – disease or genetic?

The brain differences found in people with schizophrenia are mainly the result of the disease itself or its treatment, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors, according to a Dutch study. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that significantly affects cognition and usually contributes to chronic problems with behavior and emotion. Along with a breakdown …

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The abandoned illness.

http://www.guerillapolicy.org/health/2012/11/17/the-abandoned-illness-the-schizophrenia-commissions-report/ It notes that “only 8% of people with schizophrenia are in employment”. Despite schizophrenia and psychosis costing society £11.8 billion a year the commission found “a broken and demoralised system that does not deliver the quality of treatment that is needed for people to recover.”  The report notes that “mental illness accounts for 23% of …

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A schizophrenic’s point of view.

http://www.viralnova.com/schizophrenic-art/ It was really interesting to see art done by people suffering with schizophrenia. It the drawings reflect how they feel inside, many showing multiple faces. Some showing how trapped they feel by it. I think one of the most interesting ones is the one shown above with the cats, its use of vivid colours …

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Exhibition work.

http://www.feelguide.com/2011/06/16/nathaniel-mellors-disturbing-hippy-dialects-merges-schizophrenia-and-art-at-venice-biennale/ Looking into existing work that was created with schizophrenia in mind, I came across this by Nathaniel Mellors. It struck me because it was so different from other art pieces that I had seen that all ran with a similar theme, but this 3D piece stood out. It’s first appearance is rather shocking and scary, …

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Specific Context.

What is required? What is it you are dealing with? What is the work you have done based on? Why is it important? You will need  sources to show that you are aware of this in context and knowledgeable about who is also writing on this subject and if there currently exists visual communication related …

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Medication.

In this prospective multicentre, open-label, 6-month study (Paliperidone Palmitate Flexible Dosing in Schizophrenia [PALMFlexS]), tolerability, safety and treatment response with paliperidone palmitate (PP) were explored in patients with acute symptoms of schizophrenia following switching from previously unsuccessful treatment with oral antipsychotics. This pragmatic study was conducted in a large, more representative sample of the general …

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Final Concept Map.

Although this doesn’t look overly different from the previous, I have tweaked some of the lines to make it cleaner and easier to read. I’ve added some of the connecting words to connect some of the topics, but some of the topics link anyway so theres a lot of circles. I got some really useful …

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Concept mapping.

Concept map 5 Something that interested me about the brief was the company. So I wanted to look at  different sanitary products/brands and how they are advertised.  It really interested me how sanitary products are advertised and the kind of message that the companies portray. I felt quite strongly about how the topic is swept …

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Revelations.

After doing a whole concept map on menstruation, we realised we were concentrating on the wrong aspect of the brief. Although it was a good insight into what happens and helps empathise with the target audience (although I think personal experience helped in that aspect!). Thinking more about the design from the perspective of existing …

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Sanitary Owl.

I chose this brief because although it seems really easy because it has so many restrictions (as in you’re practically being told what to do before you’ve even begun. But I just think it makes it more of a challenge. I want to challenge what the company already think they know and tell them how …

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Stories.

After Peter’s death, among his writings, I found a note he’d sent to a gallery curator about his life and art which gave me great comfort: “I am not a pessimist, because I know that all of us are constantly changing through the passage of time or from experience. I don’t know how long I …

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Misconceptions.

Misconceptions about schizophrenia Split personality It is commonly thought that people with schizophrenia have a split personality, acting perfectly normally one minute and irrationally or bizarrely the next – this is not true. Violent behaviour Some people mistakenly equate schizophrenia with violent behaviour, but people with the condition are rarely dangerous. Any violent behaviour is usually sparked …

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REMIX lecture.

Using remix as a creative strategies. It’s a way of; – Rethinking the use of things. – Recontextualising, conveying different meanings e.g DeChampe’s urinal. He remixed the urinal to have a different meaning. People then remixed his once again changing the meaning. – The ‘ready made’. – We associate objects with thoughts due to culture. …

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Wider context.

Using the theme of Science with the lens of truth, this essay will explore mental health and the truth behind the treatments, the validity of the things that we know about the conditions and the medicines. This essay focuses on the wider context of mental health, the causes and the treatments behind them, do they …

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Causes.

hallucinations - hearing or seeing things that do not exist delusions - unusual beliefs not based on reality which often contradict the evidence muddled thoughts based on the hallucinations or delusions changes in behaviour Doctors often describe schizophrenia as a psychotic illness. This means sometimes a person may not be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas …

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Evidence suggests that cannabis is a component cause in the development and prognosis of psychosis, in which mechanisms of gene-environment interaction are most likely to explain this association. Potential new methods to directly link genetic liability to the effects of cannabis are discussed. Cannabis is currently the most commonly used illegal psychoactive substance amongst young …

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Studies.

    Scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is expected to open the way to new treatments for two of the most common mental illnesses, affecting millions of people. Previously doctors had assumed that the two conditions were quite separate. But …

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Science behind schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that targets the brain’s forebrain, hindbrain and limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for controlling moods and emotions. Therefore, individuals with schizophrenia have trouble telling what is real and not real, thinking clearly, conveying normal emotional responses and acting normal in social situations. Neurotransmitters, messengers of the brain who carry information from …

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Schizophrenia: caused by drugs?

While some people find their lives ruined by belief in imagined conspiracies that affect them personally – they may isolate from, or even attack, friends and family, and get diagnosed with psychosis – many other people believe in conspiracies on the basis of little evidence, yet have prominent places in society or even bodies like …

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ADHD and the flu vaccine.

http://www.babycenter.com/404_do-vaccinations-put-my-child-at-higher-risk-for-add-or-adhd_69858.bc There’s no evidence that vaccinations have anything to do with the increasing incidence of attention deficit disorder (ADD) or its cousin,attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Both conditions have been diagnosed more frequently over the past two decades. (ADD is a learning disability that inhibits a child’s ability to concentrate and focus, while ADHD adds …

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Electroshock therapy.

http://www.livescience.com/19154-shock-therapy-depression-treatment.html While “shock therapy” has been used in psychiatry for more than 70 years, researchers had little idea how the controversial treatment worked to treat depression. Now, scientists say they may have solved the mystery.The therapy, which provides electrical stimulation to the brain and is extremely effective in treating severe depression, appears to affect how …

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Controversial medications.

http://www.livescience.com/37117-controversial-mental-health-treatments.html Psychiatric disorders are usually treated with talk therapy or medications, but when these treatments don’t work, doctors and patients sometimes turn to less common, controversial procedures. While these treatments, which include sending electric “shocks” through the brain, may sound extreme, some studies suggest that in certain patients, they can be very effective. Electroconvulsive therapy …

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Mental Health medications.

Medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depressive illness), anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes medications are used with other treatments such as psychotherapy. This guide describes: Types of medications used to treat mental disorders Side effects of medications Directions for taking …

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Alzheimers?

Thinking about doing a specific disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. This factsheet describes the symptoms of Alzheimer’s …

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Curated by…

Derek Yates Book – communication design, insights from the creative industry. How has graphic design evolved? Used to be just logos, now it’s what you make it, eg droga5 and Jay Z’s book. Book promoted by creating works of art, using pages from the book and placing them in different places often in relation to …

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Draft.

Drafting out the wider context section of my essay. What should this consist of? What is the wider context of the specific aspect (your work explores) of your chosen theme exists? You should reference at least one or two sources to prove that this context is supported and not just based on your opinion. The …

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Homework.

For next week: -Have done a draft of the first section of the essay so it can be reviewed before next week at the latest. – Collate all the research done so far onto an A3 sheet of paper (or at least a USB) and identify research insights and the sources. Should include both text …

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How good is the idea?

I must be one of the few people in the world that actually enjoys getting constructive criticism, and this part of the session was basically aimed at that. Reading again through the brief and finalising what we want to do, giving us a direction to go in, it was useful to see what we needed …

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Reflection and projection.

Todays session was really useful (although I always hate reflecting on past projects, mainly because there’s always something to change that feels so obvious 3 weeks later..) reflecting on the last 2 modules, what we thing we did well, strength, weaknesses, how we worked and the kind of practice I might want to do, and …

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Interdisciplinary Practice briefing.

The brief Investigate and research hidden questions and perspectives to provide a basis for designed work that provokes an audience.  Choosing from only 3 different themes (science, economics, politics) and then a handful of lenses, I basically have to create my own project. Always having a very science based background and mind, my initial feelings …

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