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The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature and the Supernatural

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Bob was raised in New Jersey, where his parents indulgently let him raise 100s of fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals in their home. It is not surprising that he studies the psychology of animals! But his interests are wide-ranging, and include history of psychology, philosophy of mind, animal cognition, human development, and sexuality. All of these topics come together in his proposed course on the Psychology of Dracula. Bob has done research on cognition in dolphins, sea lions, apes, parrots, dogs, and humans, and has published edited books on topics ranging from deception, pretense, self-awareness, spatial cognition, anthropomorphism, and ape cognition. Bob is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. He lives with his spouse and 5 cats in Lexington, Kentucky. He has previously taken several student groups to France and Ecuador; this will be his first study abroad with CCSA.

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The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature and the Supernatural

Program Dates:
December 14, 2020 —March 21, 2021

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
PSY 499


Course Description:
At last, a course you can sink your teeth into--the Psychology of Dracula! Bram Stoker's novel Dracula relied on new ideas in scientific psychology. In this class, we will explore developing ideas about hypnosis, sexuality, paranoia, hysteria, masochism, spirituality, and evolutionary continuity, while examining how they were employed in Dracula. Field trips that will enhance understanding of the course themes are planned to include such sites as London’s Highgate Cemetery, Jack Straw's Castle, and the British Museum, as well as the play, The Woman in Black.

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Mitchell answers questions about his London Experience 20-21 course. HERE


Physical Activity Requirements:
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