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

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...

The Psychology of the Joker

He’s the King of Crime. Batman’s brainy foil. Anarchy personified. The Joker – who hasn’t heard his name before? Everyone recognizes the whitewashed face, outstretched...

Heroes and Villains: Best of 2017

In 2017 women led the charge in this country, bookended by the January 21st marches and the #MeToo movement (including TIME’s naming the 'Silence...

The 80’s–Could It Be the Best Decade Ever? A Biased Psychologist Comments

Of late, there has been a massive surge of 80’s-tinged pop culture. Just about anywhere you look on the entertainment landscape there's some form...

The Best 1980’s A#$hole Movie Characters

"Let me kick it like it’s 1986, now." 1980’s pop culture is hot.  The smash Stranger Things is set in the early 80’s and is...

Ghostly Encounters: The Psychology Behind Supernatural Sightings

Halloween is here! This holiday brings to mind of one of my favorite cartoons: Scooby Doo. As a child, I watched Scooby Doo (the original,...

All-Time Greatest Halloween Villains

What makes for a great Halloween villain?  I think it comes down to three factors: How nasty is the villain (or how high...

Here’s Why Donnie Darko is the Ultimate October Movie

Richard Kelley’s 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko is the ultimate October movie and it scratches all those “early fall itches” we have at the...

How does Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Make You Feel? (POLL)

With this weekend marks the release of the new movie adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT,' the web is buzzing with mixed reactions. From those...
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B is For Beautiful Disaster: A Psychologist’s Take on the Appeal of B-Movies

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...

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