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Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier

Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier

by Travis Langley (Editor)


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The next entry in Sterling's pop culture psychology series features 20 essays and an exclusive interview with Rod Roddenberry—son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. In a fun and accessible way, Star Trek Psychology delves deep into the psyches of the show’s well-known and -loved characters. The trailblazing franchise spans five TV series, 13 films, and countless novelizations. It celebrated, as no other form of entertainment had before, a world filled with space-traveling dreams and human diversity. In the process, it became one of the oldest and most popular sci-fi franchises of all time. Star Trek Psychology uses academic and scientific theories to analyze and answer such questions as Why do Trek’s aliens look so human? and How can the starship’s holodeck be used for therapy? This compilation examines alien neurobiology, discusses identity formation for shape shifters, explores the importance of emotion for artificial intelligence, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454918424
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Popular Culture Psychology Series , #7
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 251,403
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Travis Langley is a psychology professor at Henderson State University, the author of Batman and Psychology (Wiley), and the volume editor of The Walking Dead Psychology and Star Wars Psychology (both Sterling). He speaks regularly on media and heroism at universities, conferences, and popular culture conventions including San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Wizard World conventions throughout the world. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics and other films have featured him as an expert interviewee, and the documentary Legends of the Knight spotlighted how he uses fiction to teach real psychology. Psychology Today carries his blog, “Beyond Heroes and Villains,” and he is one of 10 most popular psychologists on Twitter with over 100,000 followers: @superherologist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: The Crew Travis Langley ix

Foreword: A Prescription for the Final Frontier Chris Gore xv

Introduction: A Galaxy of Lights Travis Langley 1

Part I Launch Time 9

1 Why We Go: The Psychology of Exploration in Star Trek Clay Routledge 11

2 Builies, Heroes, and the Bystander Directive: Barriers in Exploring What Brings Out the Best and Worst in Us Travis Langley 23

3 Quests and Questions: An Interview with Rod Roddenberry on the Human Experience Travis Langley Jenna Busch 39

4 Child of Two Worlds: Understanding Development of Identity Elizabeth Kus Alan Kistler 51

Log File I Star Trek and the Need for Excitement Travis Langley 63

Part II Inner Worlds 67

5 The Trek through Identity Eric D. Wesselmann J. Scott Jordan 69

6 Emotion Data Janina Scarlet 83

7 Gene Roddenberry Saw the Future … and the Future is Asperger's Frank Gaskill 95

8 Right Brains, Left Brains, and Brains in the Middle: Star Trek's Exploration of Intellect Craig Pohlman 109

Log File II Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Need for Cognition Travis Langley 119

Part III Warped Drives 123

9 What Happened to Mental Illness by the 23rd Century? Steven Schlozman 125

10 Holodeck Therapy: Psychology Heating in the 24th Century Patrick O'Connor Chris Day 135

11 Starfleet and Military Psychology Jenna Busch Janina Scarlet 147

12 Terror Management: Mortality Salience on Deep Space 9 Wind Gooderiend 157

Log File III Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Need for Power Travis Langley 168

Part IV Federation 173

13 The Captain's Seat: Leadership in Starfleet Billy San Juan Travis Langley 175

14 Four Quadrants, Many Life Forms: Group Dynamics Inside and Outside the Federation W. Blake Erickson John C. Blanchar 187

15 The Authoritative Captain: Parenting Style and Successful Child Development Scott Allison Jim Beggan 201

16 The Logic of Friendship Jay Scarlet 213

Log File IV Star Trek: Voyager and the Need for Affiliation Travis Langley 223

Part V Others 227

17 The Needs of the Many: The Role of Sacrifice Colt J. Blunt 229

18 Imagination, Creativity, and Aliens Jim Davies 239

19 The Measure of a Machine: The Psychology of Star Trek's Artificial Intelligence Anthony Francis Jim Davies 251

20 Chatting with Chekov on Stereotypes and Role Models: Two Sides of the Same Coin? Travis Langley Jenna Busch 267

Log File V Star Trek: Enterprise and the Need for Achievement Travis Langley 277

Final Word: Engage! Travis Langley 281

Film Credits 285

About the Editor 287

About the Contributors 288

Index 297

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read combining two subjects that I enjoy learning about and talking about, either together or as separate topics. Dr. Langley brought them together, using concepts of Psychology to explain characters choices or behaviors. It was great to remember what I had learned in school and see it applied to my favorite fandom. If you enjoy the complexities of humanity and Star Trek I recommend this book.