Author: Ryan Kelly, PhD

The Psychology of Sex in ‘Game of Thrones’: A Millennial Fascination

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 7 Days ago
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Think of George R.R. Martin as you will — as an influential writer, or a misogynist, or the world’s greatest Fantastic Four fan, or a failure to launch sea captain — but know this: the man is a genius. via GIPHY Not necessarily in the traditional sense, but in his ability to pair his product […]

Beyonce, Lemonade, and Rachel Roy: Why We Need to Stop Hating on “Becky With The Good Hair”

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 1 Year ago
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To promote her new album Lemonade, Beyonce paired up with HBO to create a one-hour special to express, powerfully, the underlying message of her musical collaboration.  It has been widely praised as a primal, staccatic (yea I make up words) work of art with an underlying message primarily interpreted as “the strife of infidelity” and […]

Bruce Springsteen Receives Backlash From HB2 Supporters: Shrink Tank Responds to Their Open Letter

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 1 Year ago
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Recently, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert in Greensboro, NC in opposition of HB2, a recently passed state law that disallows transgender people from using public restrooms based on their gender identity, as well as limits future protections for the LGBTQ community. The Boss posted an open letter to his fans explaining his decision– in short, […]

The Extraordinary Zombie Brain: They Are Smarter Than You Think

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 1 Year ago
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Zombies. They are the lurking, groaning reminder of our own mortality. They embody our deepest fears and provide the perfect allegory for the self-destructive nature of man. They are frightening, they are fascinating, and they have infected our imaginations since the very first story ever written – the Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 2100 BC). “I […]

The Top 6 Tragedies of Deadpool: The Healing Humor of the Merc with the Mouth

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 1 Year ago
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February 11th, 2016 — Two friends sit at a coffee shop table discussing the results of the New Hampshire Primary and how crazy the winter weather has been. A girl is conversing with her Uber driver about his thoughts on technology revolutionizing the service industry and the costs therein. A lonely old curmudgeon flips through TV […]

Why Troubled Youth Love Anime, and Why You Should Too (Part 2)

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 2 Years ago
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Yesterday, in Part One, I gave an overview of anime and it’s importance for today’s youth. Today, I go into more depth on the ties between anime and troubled youth. The Formulaic Narrative Look, I dig anime, six feet deep, but I can’t ignore the formulaic narrative that is repeatedly used among popular anime. As a note, […]

Why Troubled Youth Love Anime, and Why You Should Too (Part 1)

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 2 Years ago
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**Disclaimer** This article in intended for, in large part, an audience who is not very familiar with anime (e.g., parents of youth who watch anime), or who primarily watch mainstream anime.  For the sake of this audience, simplifications and generalizations are made; however, a few things should be noted: Although this article focuses on troubled […]

The Psychology of “Inside Out”: How Accurate Is It?

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 2 Years ago
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Pixar — the revolutionary computer animation studio and all powerful puppeteer of human emotion — has been striving to reduce grown men to tears since 1995. Beginning with their first full-length film “Toy Story”, they have dominated “dem feels” amongst even the coldest of viewers, inspiring us to hold our loved ones tighter and cherish […]

Safety First: How to Survive in Mad Max’s Dystopia

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • 2 Years ago
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“I’m just here for the gasoline.” – Max Rockatansky in “The Road Warrior” *** SPOILER ALERT — If you’re of the appropriate age and have not seen “Fury Road (2015)”, then here’s what you need to do: (1) slam this computer to the ground (2) get into your retro-modified F100 death truck (yes, a Prius […]

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