October 23, 2017

Author: Dr. Jonathan Anslow

The ‘IT’ Crowd: Why Do We Fear Clowns? A Psychologist Answers

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • September 7, 2017
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As of the time of this writing, ‘It’ is coming.  ‘It’ being the most recent film adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror opus, set to release in theaters on September 8th.  The first adaptation of It was unleashed on viewers 27 years ago as a 2-part television mini-series.  ‘It’ made an indelible impression on many young viewers who […]

A Psychologist’s Take on the Top 17 Tracks of the 21st Century 

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • August 11, 2017
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Top 17 Tracks of the 21st Century  By: Dr. Jonathan Anslow Music is a funny thing.  Like any type of art, appreciating the various forms it may take is a fairly subjective experience.   A song may hold someone’s favor simply because of its nostalgic pull, which often evokes several positive associations assigned to that period of life from which the tune in question arose.     Music […]

Psychology of Summer Movies: Summer Blockbusters, Some Are Not!

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • May 19, 2017
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What is the secret in transforming a film into a blockbuster event?  A look into the inherent pull of the Summer Blockbuster!    That time of year is upon us again.  That glorious time (to some) when various theaters, cinema palaces, and movie cafes promise an explosive (quite literally) film-going experience.  Fans and the bored […]

B is For Beautiful Disaster: A Psychologist’s Take on the Appeal of B-Movies

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • April 13, 2017
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I have a colleague and friend, Josh Jensen (co-author of the movie pairing book (Cinemanalysis) who is a bit of film nerd.  I mean that in a respectful way, of course, because I sincerely admire how he can appreciate the artistic merit of, say, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, a film that, try as I […]

CONnoisseur: The Art of The Convention Experience

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • March 6, 2017
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As we’re nearing the inaugural AspieCon I thought I’d reflect on the inherent appeal and rising popularity of conventions in general.  What is AspieCon you might ask?  Let me crib from the official website to answer that. AspieCon is everything you love about Comic Con combined with the best aspects of a community resource fair. It […]

Virtual Insanity: Is Virtual Reality Our Next Reality?

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • January 4, 2017
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I remember I used to play the Atari 2600 back in the day.  In the late 70’s those blocky graphics coupled with all of those bloops and bleeps would somehow hold my attention for hours.  At times I used to wonder what kinds of games I’d be playing in the 2000’s because, well, the new millennium just […]

Team Cap or Iron Man? What Does Your Allegiance Say About You?

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • May 3, 2016
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I, along with my geeky brethren, am completely amped for the upcoming continuation of the Captain America trilogy: CIVIL WAR! When discussing this highly anticipated movie it seems inevitable that fans in the know will ask the question, “So what side are you?” This is because, much like the title suggests, the line has been […]

Don’t You Forget About Me: Are We On the Road to an Alzheimer’s Cure?

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • March 24, 2016
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Our memories are a cumulative snapshot of experiences that essentially comprise the core of our personality. They are invaluable in determining how we view ourselves in relation to others. So it is an utterly tragic loss when the juggernaut of dementia disrupts those memories by destroying the myriad connections that took a lifetime to establish. […]

That Time David Bowie, Hunter S. Thompson, and Alan Rickman Dropped Acid: The Psychology of Clickbai...

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • March 7, 2016
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Well to be honest it was actually never, well, at least as far as I know so….GOTCHA! You clicked! FOOLED YOU! Don’t you feel silly? Ha! No wait, please don’t go away in a huff – I’m sorry about that clickbaitery. At least I didn’t make you watch a video, right?!? That’s like leaving someone […]

San Diego Comic Con: Where Star Wars Dreams Come True

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • July 16, 2015
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Around these parts many folks might know me as “That therapist who goes to Comic Con all the time.” Well “all the time” would be a stretch as I’ve only ever been about a handful of times, but in a way that sort of makes me an expert on the experience. Considering the ballooning popularity […]