Brain and Body by Batman: Art and Science of the Dark Knight

Authors of "Becoming Batman" and "Batman and Psychology" join a fellow educator and renowned Batman writer/editor to examine the physiology and psychology of nocturnal vigilantism.

Interview with Kevin Sorbo on Making a World Fit for Kids

Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo tells us about heroism, role models, education, and redefining how he measures success in life after several strokes left him partially blind.

Orange Is the New Black: The Prisoner's Dilemma Compounded?

Is a predicament depicted on the Netflix women's prison series "Orange Is the New Black" really an example of social psychology's so-called Prisoner's Dilemma?

Sole Survivor Finds Hope in a Hogwarts Wizard's Words

Sole survivor Cassidy Stay memorializes her slain family with words from the fictitious Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts' school headmaster in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels.

Heroism Conference: The Hero Round Table with Phil Zimbardo

The cross-disciplinary Hero Round Table conference will look at heroism in today's world. Program content includes presentations by experts from a variety of areas as well as hour-long breakout sessions and academic poster sessions. Dr. Phil Zimbardo, founder of the Heroic Imagination Project, discusses what it takes to rise above the situation to do the right thing.

Haunted by Sigmund Freud: Adaptation or Defense Mechanisms?

The term "defense mechanisms" fit Freud's original concept, but they're not always about defending against anxiety. "Adaptation mechanisms" may be more appropriate.

Heroes of Cosplay: Can We All Play Together?

The original Syfy TV series Heroes of Cosplay follows people engaged in cosplay (costume play), as they craft creative character costumes and compete in contests at various comic-cons. Cosplay community reactions to Heroes of Cosplay have ranged from enthusiastic praise to vitriolic condemnation. Why the attacks? Why cosplay at all? Many benefits may reward cosplayers.

Super Sex Theorists: "Hung up on Superheroes' Sex Organs"

Discussions on superhero sex lives prompt people to quote three different authors. Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, sci-fi master Larry Niven, Mallrats writer/director Kevin Smith.

Ye Olde Masters of Sex: Sexology Before Masters and Johnson

Sexology has many pioneers before Masters and Johnson, from Parent-Duchatelet in 1837 through Kinsey 1948 with Krafft-Ebing, Freud, Hirschfeld, Ellis, Mead, and others in between.

The Arkham Sessions Delve Deeper Into the Animated Batman

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series.

What Is Superhero Therapy?

Dr. Janina Scarlet uses popular heroes, movies, and TV programs to get clients to open up in therapy and to discuss topics they otherwise might not easily explore.

Joking Matter: Adam West and Colleagues Analyze the Joker

Psychologists, film and comic book creators, and Adam West, the 1960s Batman himself, gathered at San Diego Comic-Con International to explore the psychopathy of the Joker.

Psychology of Cult TV: Better Living by "Geeking Out"

What is a "cult" TV show? How might televised examples model perseverence, empathy, recognition of self-destructive behavior, and the drive to make a difference?

Freud: The Secret Casebook, Tell Me About Your Profiler

UK series set in early 20th century Vienna focuses on Sigmund Freud as he applies his controversial new theories to help solve crimes.

Batman at 75: The Psychology of Why the Dark Knight Endures

Why has this figure that can be both campy Caped Crusader and brooding Dark Knight captivated imaginations so consistently for most of a century?

Superman's True Disguise: The Power of Social Invisibility

Clark Kent, the mild-mannered reporter confident he is secretly something more, symbolizes hope to those who know they possess great qualities that other people have yet to see.

Westboro Baptist Church: Modeling Empathy on the High Road

Many suggest protesting Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps's funeral, but others find a better way through empathy and compassion.

Risky Sessions: Superheroes on the (Steel-Reinforced) Couch

Psychiatrists and psychologists appear in graphic novels and comic books, most as meaningful players in the plot and not simply as facilitators of protagonists' therapy.

Legends of the Knight Documentary Explores Power of Stories

The documentary "Legends of the Knight" looks at how stories inspire people to overcome challenges. Worldwide, Batman's legendary example and symbol brings out the best in people.

The Arkham Sessions: Batman, Man-Bat, and that Killer Clown

In "The Arkham Sessions," a new podcast, Dr. Andrea Letamendi has embarked on a series of discussions with Brian Ward regarding character depictions in Batman: The Animated Series.

Doctor Who: The Man Who Regrets and the Man Who Forgets

Blocking his memory leads the lead character in "Doctor Who" to delude himself about many things. Correcting his own destructive act makes him realize how little life he has left.

Necessary Evil Documentary: Exploring Super-Villainy

Christopher Lee narrates as DC Comics pros, filmmakers, actors, and two psychologists talk about fictional villains, what they mean to the heroes, and why they intrigue us.

Superheroes, Supervillains, and Ourselves upon the OCEAN

Do we hold ourselves and our heroes up to unrealistic standards? How many of us fail to recognize the humanity in life's good guys and bad guys, as well as the best in ourselves?

Superheroine Recovery: An Interview With Batgirl's Therapist

Dr. Letamendi advises comic book writer Gail Simone on trauma recovery and appears in comics as Batgirl's therapist.

A Clinical Perspective on Panic and PTSD in Iron Man 3

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark suffers repeated panic attacks and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Are his problems indicative of any specific mental illness from a clinical perspective?

Twitter Takes on Iron Man 3: Why Can't Tony Stark Sleep?

People are tweeting reactions to the Iron Man 3 depiction of Tony Stark as a man haunted by events of The Avengers motion picture and now suffering from anxiety attacks and various posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Some scoff as if anxiety diminishes the armored superhero while others praise the film for helping to combat stigma over issues of mental health.

Does Iron Man 3's Hero Suffer Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

In Iron Man 3, superhero and supergenius Tony Stark sleeps little, suffers anxiety attacks, refuses to discuss his experiences from the previous film (2012's The Avengers), and tries to avoid even thinking about them, and yet he says he does not have PTSD, but how would he know? What are the symptoms of PTSD and how extremely does Iron Man demonstrate any by DSM criteria?

Spectacular Tragedy in a Just World: The Power of "Why?"

A loner with a grudge can kill a President or shoot up a schoolyard. Spectacular tragedy does not require a spectacular explanation and yet we feel like it should.

Why Stick to a PTSD Diagnosis Based on Lies by Jodi Arias?

Claiming she stabbed, slashed, and shot a man in self defense, Arias admits she lied to psychiatrist Samuels repeatedly. Is belief perseverance why he won't revise the diagnosis?

Weddings, Funerals, Reboots–Capes and Cognitive Dissonance

Will cognitive dissonance increase fans' commitment to ongoing stories or to those they bought long ago when reboots, resurrections, and retcons suggest history "doesn't matter"?

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