Hello! I’m Iva Cheung, a plain language editor, mental health researcher, and advocate for people with disabilities. My interests in cognitive load theory and intersectionality have led me to think about the role of mental burden in our social and economic structures. This blog is a collection of my mind-barfs on the topic.

My basic premise is that all types of suffering manifest as mental burden. If we ever find a reliable way to measure mental burden, we’ll be able to create economic models to see which scenarios—what social structures, what forms of government, for example—minimize it across the population, or at least reduce the inequities in mental burden of different groups.

I’m trying to keep my posts light and accessible, which means they won’t necessarily be academically rigorous, but constructive feedback, especially if you know of research supporting or refuting my ideas, is always welcome.