Psychology and Pop Culture: An Empirical Adventure examines the psychological aspects of pop culture preferences, personality, and behavior from across sixteen research studies. The authors analyze such phenomena as superhero and antihero fandoms, internet trolls, women in popular culture, generational preferences, and romance and sexuality. Analyzing pop culture in the context of the #MeToo movement, LGBTQIA+ representation, and contemporary politics, Keith W. Beard, April Fugett, and Britani Black pay close attention to contemporary issues of inclusion and marginalization.
Keith W. Beard is professor at Marshall University.
April Fugett is professor at Marshall University.
Britani Black is instructor at Marshall University.
Chapter 1: Personality, Superheroes, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Psychology
Chapter 2: From Superheroes to Superpowers
Chapter 3: The Addition of the Antihero and the “Darker” Sides of Personality
Chapter 4: The New Definition of Good and Bad Guys in the Context of Psychology, World Beliefs, and Politics
Chapter 5: Love is Love
Chapter 6: Internet Trolls and Internet Addiction
Chapter 7: The Role of Women and the #MeToo Movement
Chapter 8: All the Nostalgia: Generational Shifts in Personality and in Cartoon Character Preferences
Chapter 9: The Fandom of Disney (aka Disney ruins everything)
Chapter 10: Conclusions and Future Directions
Anyone who has ever speculated about who would win if Superman, Batman, and the Hulk engaged in a three-way fight will find Psychology and Pop Culture: An Empirical Adventure fascinating. The authors are scientists who combine their vast knowledge of popular culture with considerable expertise in psychology. I suspect the three authors are master teachers—since I can't take their classes, I'll have to settle for reading their book. I read it with genuine pleasure, and I suspect you will enjoy it just as much as I did.