Travis Langley, Ph.D., author of the book BATMAN AND PSYCHOLOGY: A DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT (Wiley; Turner Publishing) and editor of the books THE WALKING DEAD PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCH OF THE LIVING DEAD and STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY: DARK SIDE OF THE MIND (Sterling Publishing), is a psychology professor who teaches on the psychology of crime, mental illness, social behavior, and media at Henderson State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Hendrix College and his doctorate in psychology from Tulane University.
Travis has also been a child abuse investigator, courtroom expert, and undefeated champion on the "Wheel of Fortune" game show. He appears as an expert interviewee in the documentaries "Legends of the Knight," "Comic Book Literacy," and "Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics." The New York Times (front page), CNN, MTV, and many other news outlets have covered his work.
As @Superherologist, he ranks among the dozen most popular psychologists on Twitter. An organizer of the Comics Arts Conference, he regularly speaks as a panelist discussing the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International, WonderCon, Wizard World, and New York Comic Con, joined by great people like Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan, legendary comic book writers (Steve Englehart, Danny Fingeroth, Dennis O'Neil, Scott Snyder, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman), renowned artists (Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Jerry Robinson), Star Trek captains (Scott Bakula, Sir Patrick Stewart), Supermen (Dean Cain, Brandon Routh), Batmen (Kevin Conroy, Adam West), a Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), and many more.
PsychologyToday.com runs his online column, "Beyond Heroes and Villains."
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A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind Wonder Woman. For 75 years, Wonder Woman has served as an inspiration to people everywhere. Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth examines this powerful superhero--who was created by famous psychologist William Moulton Marston--through 20 chapters, including some very special interviews and the previously unpublished memoir of Elizabeth Holloway Marston. This collection analyzes:
Marston's important role in the history of forensic psychology.How Diana's relationship with her mother and Amazonian sisters shapes her to become a leader and the heroine called Wonder Woman.The ways differences in culture and gender can contribute to alienation but also to personal empowerment.What roles emotion, strengths, virtues, and culture shock play in heroic behavior.And what it truly means to be a wonder.Contributors:
Jenna Busch * Erin Currie * Wind Goodfriend * Annamaria Formichella-Elsden * Tim Hanley * J. Scott Jordan * Lara Taylor Kester * Nina Taylor Kester * Alan Kistler * Rebecca M. Langley * Travis Langley * Martin Lloyd * Emilio J. C. Lobato * Mike Madrid * Elizabeth Holloway Marston * Jeff Pisciotta * Trina Robbins * Janina Scarlet * Laura Vecchiolla * Eric D. Wesselman * Mara Wood * Caitlin Yogerst * Chris Yogerst * E. Paul Zehr
If a person could travel eternally through space and time, how would this power affect him, psychologically and emotionally? In a fun and accessible way, Doctor Who Psychology explores this question through an analysis of the longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time. This fascinating in-depth academic study, edited by Travis Langley, contains 20 chapters delving into the psychology behind the time-traveling Doctor in his many iterations, as well as his companions and his foes.
The topics include:
"Getting to the Hearts of Time Lord Personality Change""Who's Who: Interview with Four Doctors and a River on the Core of Personality""Post-Time War Stress Disorder""A Companion's Choice: Do Opposites Attract?""From Human to Machine: At What Point Do You Lose Your Soul?"
From its very first frame, the Star Wars series created a compelling universe, with complex characters and engaging storytelling. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of every aspect of George Lucas's richly rendered galaxy. Expert contributors led by Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight; The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead) examine such topics as family ties, gender, values, villainy, and heroism itself. They shine a light into the hidden part of the psyche and reveal the ultimate lesson of Star Wars.
Contributors include: Colt J. Blunt * Jenna Busch * Jim Davies * Frank Gaskill * Donald F. Glut (The Empire Strikes Back) * Jennifer Golbeck * Carrie Goldman * Jonathan Hetterly * Dana Klisanin * Joe Kraemer * Elizabeth A. Kus * Alex Langley * Travis Langley * Craig Pohlman * Clay Routledge * Billy San Juan * Jay Scarlet * Janina Scarlet * Laura Vecchiolla * Mara Wood * Bryan Young * E. Paul Zehr