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Star Trek psychology : the mental frontier / edited by Travis Langley ; foreword by Chris Gore.

Contributor(s): Langley, Travis, 1964- [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Popular culture psychology series.Publisher: New York, New York : Sterling, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Description: xviii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781454918424; 145491842X.Subject(s): Star trek (Television program) | Star Trek films | Star Trek television programmes | Motion pictures -- Psychological aspectsDDC classification: 791.4572
Contents:
Launch time. Why we go / Clay Routledge ; Bullies, heroes, and the bystander directive / Travis Langley ; Quests and questions / Travis Langley and Jenna Busch ; Child of two worlds / Elizabeth Kus and Alan Kistler -- Inner worlds. The trek through identity / Eric D. Wesselmann and J. Scott Jordan ; Emotion data / Janina Scarlet ; Gene Roddenberry saw the future / Frank Gaskill ; Right brains, left brains, and the brains in the middle / Craig Pohlman -- Warped drives. What happened to mental illness by the 23rd century? / Steven Schlozman ; Holodeck therapy / Patrick O'Connor and Chris Day ; Starfleet and military psychology / Jenna Busch and Janina Scarlet ; Terror management / Wind Goodfriend -- Federation. The captain's seat / Billy San Juan and Travis Langley ; Four quadrants, many life forms / W. Blake Erickson and John C. Blanchar ; The authoritative captain / Scott Allison and Jim Beggan ; The logic of friendship / Jay Scarlet -- Others. The needs of the man / Colt J. Blunt ; Imagination, creativity and aliens / Jim Davies ; The measure of a machine / Anthony Francis and Jim Davies ; Chatting with Chekov on stereotypes and role models / Travis Langley and Jenna Busch -- Final word: engage!
Summary: 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 beloved characters.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Launch time. Why we go / Clay Routledge ; Bullies, heroes, and the bystander directive / Travis Langley ; Quests and questions / Travis Langley and Jenna Busch ; Child of two worlds / Elizabeth Kus and Alan Kistler -- Inner worlds. The trek through identity / Eric D. Wesselmann and J. Scott Jordan ; Emotion data / Janina Scarlet ; Gene Roddenberry saw the future / Frank Gaskill ; Right brains, left brains, and the brains in the middle / Craig Pohlman -- Warped drives. What happened to mental illness by the 23rd century? / Steven Schlozman ; Holodeck therapy / Patrick O'Connor and Chris Day ; Starfleet and military psychology / Jenna Busch and Janina Scarlet ; Terror management / Wind Goodfriend -- Federation. The captain's seat / Billy San Juan and Travis Langley ; Four quadrants, many life forms / W. Blake Erickson and John C. Blanchar ; The authoritative captain / Scott Allison and Jim Beggan ; The logic of friendship / Jay Scarlet -- Others. The needs of the man / Colt J. Blunt ; Imagination, creativity and aliens / Jim Davies ; The measure of a machine / Anthony Francis and Jim Davies ; Chatting with Chekov on stereotypes and role models / Travis Langley and Jenna Busch -- Final word: engage!

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 beloved characters.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments: The Crew (p. ix)
  • Foreword: A Prescription for the Final Frontier (p. xv)
  • Introduction: A Galaxy of Lights (p. 1)
  • Part I Launch Time (p. 9)
  • 1 Why We Go: The Psychology of Exploration in Star Trek (p. 11)
  • 2 Builies, Heroes, and the Bystander Directive: Barriers in Exploring What Brings Out the Best and Worst in Us (p. 23)
  • 3 Quests and Questions: An Interview with Rod Roddenberry on the Human Experience (p. 39)
  • 4 Child of Two Worlds: Understanding Development of Identity (p. 51)
  • Log File I Star Trek and the Need for Excitement (p. 63)
  • Part II Inner Worlds (p. 67)
  • 5 The Trek through Identity (p. 69)
  • 6 Emotion Data (p. 83)
  • 7 Gene Roddenberry Saw the Future ... and the Future is Asperger's (p. 95)
  • 8 Right Brains, Left Brains, and Brains in the Middle: Star Trek's Exploration of Intellect (p. 109)
  • Log File II Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Need for Cognition (p. 119)
  • Part III Warped Drives (p. 123)
  • 9 What Happened to Mental Illness by the 23rd Century? (p. 125)
  • 10 Holodeck Therapy: Psychology Heating in the 24th Century (p. 135)
  • 11 Starfleet and Military Psychology (p. 147)
  • 12 Terror Management: Mortality Salience on Deep Space 9 (p. 157)
  • Log File III Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Need for Power (p. 168)
  • Part IV Federation (p. 173)
  • 13 The Captain's Seat: Leadership in Starfleet (p. 175)
  • 14 Four Quadrants, Many Life Forms: Group Dynamics Inside and Outside the Federation (p. 187)
  • 15 The Authoritative Captain: Parenting Style and Successful Child Development (p. 201)
  • 16 The Logic of Friendship (p. 213)
  • Log File IV Star Trek: Voyager and the Need for Affiliation (p. 223)
  • Part V Others (p. 227)
  • 17 The Needs of the Many: The Role of Sacrifice (p. 229)
  • 18 Imagination, Creativity, and Aliens (p. 239)
  • 19 The Measure of a Machine: The Psychology of Star Trek's Artificial Intelligence (p. 251)
  • 20 Chatting with Chekov on Stereotypes and Role Models: Two Sides of the Same Coin? (p. 267)
  • Log File V Star Trek: Enterprise and the Need for Achievement (p. 277)
  • Final Word: Engage! (p. 281)
  • Film Credits (p. 285)
  • About the Editor (p. 287)
  • About the Contributors (p. 288)
  • Index (p. 297)