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. (More Info)
- This course explores the scientific Psychology background for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.
- In Dublin we will visit locations relevant to Bram Stoker’s life and thought, including Trinity College and Dublin Castle, as well the St. Michan’s Church crypts, an early influence on Stoker.
- In London we will visit locations relevant to Stoker’s life as well as his writing of Dracula, including Highgate Cemetery, the London Zoo, the British Museum, the Bethel Museum of the Mind, and the Lyceum Theater (where Stoker worked).
- If possible in relation to time and money, we may take a trip to Whitby, where Dracula arrives in England, and take in a performance of a Victorian melodrama, The Woman in White.
- Students will be reading the Norton Critical Edition of Dracula, ISBN: 9780393970128, as well as articles about scientific Psychology supplied by me.