I have two confessions to make...I am a psychology professor and I love The Big Bang Theory. No, not the one that started the universe...the television show featuring a cast of highly intelligent, yet socially clueless physicists, and their endearing and perennially bewildered neighbor, Penny.
I invite you to view clips at your leisure, and won't spend valuable time describing the plot; however, I will sing the praises of the show in offering us wonderful opportuinities to see psychology at work. And I invite you to take a few minutes to follow the links in this post to some incredible examples of how television can both entertain and inform.
I imagine that scores of intro psych students and seasoned clinicians alike have debated whether Dr. Sheldon Cooper "has" an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This debate has been given even more steam following the recent inclusion of actress Mayim Bialik, aka Blossom, aka Amy Farrah Fowler, who has given Sheldon a run for his ASD money, and has left us wondering over the extent to which Asperger' Syndrome, OCD and a range of developmental disorders share common elements.