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Pop Culture Case Study

A fantastic podcast which pairs psychology with pop culture . Not only the "artistic" movies and other pop culture deserve analysis. Tune in twice a week for a different take on your favorites!
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Dec 27, 2014

In this episode, Dave branches out!  That’s right, our first non-film podcast.  This time, he discusses his favorite comic series of all time, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  Aptly, Dave also researches the effects of not sleeping on the physical body and the psychological mind.  Britt joins him to discuss the character of Dream in greater […]

Dec 20, 2014

In this episode, Dave talks about love, of all kinds.  He also discusses the psychological triangle of love and attempts to not bore you to tears!  Additionally, he discusses infidelity, unrequited love, and the loss of love through unexpected death.  To frame all of this, he watches the sappy classic, Love Actually.  This week, for […]

Dec 13, 2014

Ok, everybody, we finally made it!  5 weeks of podcasts and we are all caught up on Peter Jackson’s LOTR sagas.  In this episode Dave discusses one of the major themes of Tolkien’s work, Greed!  He also tells you why this movie is so much better than the first Hobbit movie!  Dave, Britt, and Flounder […]

Dec 6, 2014

In this episode, Dave continues with his Tolkien marathon with the first movie in the Hobbit series.  Painfully, Dave reveals that this is  not a great movie.  But it is also not as terrible as some critics say.  As Dave takes this unexpected journey, he will also discuss peer pressure and its effects, both positive […]

Nov 29, 2014

In this episode, Dave tackles a tricky subject that is not often researched psychologically, Fate.  He also discusses the final movie in his favorite trilogy ever.  Yes, even more than Star Wars ;).  Britt and Dave discuss the awesomeness that is John Rhys-Davies and talk about their top 5 movies about Fate.  Just a couple […]

Nov 22, 2014

Dave is back to continue the road to the last Hobbit movie with, The Two Towers!  He reveals that this is his favorite of all of the Lord of the Rings movies and he tells you why.  Additionally, he ties this movie to the psychological concept of resilience.  Britt returns to gush about Andy Serkis […]

Nov 19, 2014

That’s right, you get an extra episode this month!  Dave was a special guest of the podcast, “Common Room!”  In this episode, Dave dissects your favorite TV characters (Joffrey from GOT, Schmidt from New Girl, The Evil Queen from Once Upon  A Time, Sherlock from Sherlock, Saul from Homeland, and Donna from Parks and Rec)! […]

Nov 15, 2014
In this episode, Dave tackles the first film in his all-time favorite film series, The Lord of the Rings!  This will continue for 5 weeks, leading up to him watching the final Hobbit movie.  He discusses the importance of compassion both in the fantasy world and in the psychological realm.  This week’s Fangirl Fixation is […]
Nov 8, 2014
In this episode, Dave remembers, remembers, the 5th of November!  Put more simply, he gets to watch V For Vendetta.  Connected to this, he tackles the subject of terrorism, specifically domestic terrorism.  Britt returns with another episode of Fangirl Fixation, this time focusing on John Hurt.  Finally, the Top 5 Dystopian Movies of all time! […]
Nov 1, 2014
In this episode, Dave discusses one of his favorite movies ever, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  But this time, it will be a little different.  Dave discusses whether or not Jack Skellington has clinical depression.  Additionally, Britt appears again to discuss the glory that is Danny Elfman.  Connected to that, our Top 5 list is best […]
Oct 25, 2014
In this episode, Pop Culture Case Study hits another first!  This time, Dave interviews Chris Vanderkaay, one author of The Anatomy of Fear.  More specifically, he discusses A Nightmare on Elm Street and what we enjoy about horror movies.  Also included: Fangirl Fixation on Wes Craven and the Top 5 Horror Movies   Listen!
Oct 18, 2014
In this episode, Dave continues the spooky trend of the month with the horror/comedy movie, The Cabin in The Woods.  To tie this to psychology, he examines the use of Jungian archetypes both in psychology and popular culture.  Additionally, he discusses the amazing Joss Whedon with Britt as they both give their personal Top 5 […]
Oct 11, 2014
In this episode, Dave looks at a classic comedy from Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein.  Additionally, Fangirl Fixation zeroes in on the comedic genius that is Madeline Kahn.  Finally, Dave decides if Frederick Frankenstein is diagnosable.  There is also a Top 5 List of the best Mel Brooks films featured!   Listen!
Oct 4, 2014
In this episode, Dave discusses the light topic of kids recovering from the death of close relatives.  To do this, he takes a look at the psychological literature surrounding bereavement and adjustment.  In celebration of watching The Boxtrolls, he watched Laika’s last movie, ParaNorman.  This week, there is an unlikely recipient of the Fangirl Fixation […]
Sep 27, 2014
In this episode, Dave watches a fabulous romantic comedy/tragedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer.  He also analyzes whether or not it is healthy and/or natural to think highly of ourselves and those close to us.  He also looks at the effects on mental health and physical longevity.  Fangirl Fixation continues […]
Sep 20, 2014
In this episode, Dave analyzes the perfect action thriller, Jurassic Park.  He also examines the ethics, or lack therof, of the main characters in this movie.  To support this, he discusses the need for strong ethical standards in the scientific world.  This week’s fangirl fixation is Jeff Goldblum, as is our Top 5 List.  Enjoy! […]
Sep 13, 2014
In this episode, Britt A.K.A. The Murderous Fiancee makes her inaugural appearance on the podcast.  Connected to that, a new segment has begun, entitled “Fangirl Fixation.”  This week, Dave discusses substance abuse disorders and how the diagnosis has changed in recent years.  Additionally, he educates his listeners regarding heroin and its effects.  To drive the […]
Sep 6, 2014
This week, Dave is going to Disneyland!!!!  Be jealous 😉  But in all seriousness, watching Brave with my fiancee definitely has me ready for this trip.  In addition to discussing the movie, Dave researched the relationship between mothers and daughters (something he has zero experience with) and found some interesting information about health behaviors, different […]
Aug 31, 2014
In this episode, Dave really wanted to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t come out for two whole weeks!   So, he decided to get ready by watching the original.  As Captain America represents the best of all of us, it makes sense that he would make us feel good about being […]
Aug 23, 2014
In this episode, Dave decides to challenge himself.  Can he take an admittedly silly action adventure movie and connect it to real, honest, serious, psychological research?  He discusses the difference between religion and superstition, bioneurological links to superstition, college students, links to health problems, and how religion and superstition are linked.  Additionally, he details his […]
Aug 16, 2014
In this episode, Dave focuses on Dead Poets Society in an attempt to deal with the death of one of our beloved comedians.  He also discussed conformity from the 1950’s until basically present day.  He finds that conformity affects all of us, regardless of status and can affect choices made in our daily lives.  The […]
Aug 9, 2014
In this episode, Dave finally makes his fiancee watch Pan’s Labyrinth.  However, instead of just viewing this film as fantasy, he tries to disentangle what is happening to the protagonist in a real sense.  Specifically, he focuses on dissociative disorders as the direct effect of childhood trauma and lack of agency.  Enjoy!   Listen!
Aug 2, 2014
In this episode, Dave watches a movie he remembers absolutely loving when it first came out.  As others have done in the past, he tries to focus on what makes Watchmen special.  In particular, Dave looks at what it would mean for people, real people, if they put on suits and acted as superheroes.  Are […]
Jul 26, 2014
In this episode, Dave discusses the “Strong Female Character.”  Is it a good or a bad thing?  Can it be both?  In order to do this, he watches maybe the original strong female character, or at the very least, the first female action hero badass.  Ellen Ripley in Alien is definitely the original female action […]
Jul 19, 2014
In this episode, Dave admits to an almost unforgivable offense (but you have to listen to find out what it is!).  He discussed the tricky area of science and religion and the argument over evolution.  But where does Planet of the Apes fall in this argument?  Find out!   Listen!
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