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!
Jul 14, 2014
For the first time, Pop Culture Case Study has a guest! New York Times Best Selling author, the lovely Gail Carriger, pops in to discuss Mean Girls, bullying, and her books! We discuss bullies, victims, and cyber bullying. Listen and find out if Mean Girls has stood the test of time. Has it really been […]
Jul 5, 2014
In this episode, Dave discusses the impact of a life threatening diagnosis on both the victims and those that give the diagnosis. He attempts to connect this to one of last year’s Oscar darlings, Dallas Buyer’s Club. Additionally, he analyzes the problem with a Hollywood movie about HIV/AIDS which focuses on a heterosexual male. Is it […]
Jun 28, 2014
In this episode, Dave talks about the Academy Award winning Best Picture from 2010. Clearly, the stuttering in this movie, his stuttering has a psychological source. But is this always the case? Is stuttering physiological, psychological, or a little bit of both? Listen!
Jun 21, 2014
In this episode, Dave rambles continually about the greatness of Alfonso Cuaron and Gary Oldman. In this movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the two work together to create, in Dave’s opinion, the best film of the Harry Potter franchise. He also unveils his Top 5 list of movies about prison. Also, […]
Jun 15, 2014
In this episode, Dave reviews a movie, Doubt, with one of his absolute favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Although we have been robbed of many great years of film due to his death, here is one of his best performances (and that’s saying something). Let’s be serious, it is a rare actor that can hold […]
Jun 8, 2014
In this episode, Dave discusses a theory which was borne out of the book/movie “The Outsiders.” Apparently, it actually has an effect when we label people in negative ways. Shocker. Also, The Breakfast Club. Is it the best high school movie of all time? Yes, absolutely yes. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch […]
Jun 1, 2014
In this episode, Dave looks at the effects of a treatment that doesn’t exist. What would happen to our brains if we could magically remove the bad memories (and who hasn’t thought of that?)? Additionally, he remembers how amazing this movie is, and just how crazy talented Charlie Kaufman can be. Listen as Dave focuses […]
May 25, 2014
In this episode, Dave is bothered (maybe too much) for the lack of Japanese actors in the new Godzilla movie. He will also discuss the “White Knight Syndrome” and how it connects with this movie, earlier Godzilla movies, and film in general. Listen!
May 18, 2014
In this episode, Dave uses any excuse to watch one of his favorite movies, The Avengers. He analyzes what it takes to make a team, and, more importantly, what it takes to make a good team. Does the greatest team in comics apply as a good team? Are any of them psychologically sound? Listen and […]
May 11, 2014
We’re back for more. In this episode, Dave talks about the final movie of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy. In addition, he discusses the nature of heroism and the difference between heroic acts and acts of courage. Listen!
May 4, 2014
Welcome to Pop Culture Case Study! In the first episode, Dave discusses the magic of Big Fish. Somehow, he will connect it to Terror Management Theory. Hopefully, it will be entertaining too! Listen!