The 6 Must-See Panels for Psychology Geeks at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

This week will witness a mass migration of over 130,000 nerds and geeks to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015. For those participating in this annual invasion of southern California, it is four days of panels, workshops, world premiers, and some of the most fantastic cosplay on the planet. For those of us left behind… well, at least we have Shark Week.

Because of the inherent crazy, hectic nature and sheer size of Comic-Con, trying to see and do everything is impossible. Despite hundreds of panels to choose from, these six should  be at the top of the list for any psychology/nerd/geek in attendance.

1. Geek Wars: The Nerd Awakens

Psychology Geek: Dr. Ali Mattu
Summary: Pop-culture discussion driven by an epic trivia battle.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 14A

2. The Geek Shall Inherit: A Look at the Evolution of Geek Culture

Psychology Geeks: Dr. Billy San Juan, Jenna Busch, Dr. Travis Langley, Alan Kistler, Dr. Janina Scarlet, Dr. Ali Mattu, Josué Cardona
Summary: Exploring the evolution of geek culture.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 14A

3. The Psychology of Star Trek vs Star Wars: Episode V

Psychology Geeks: Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Dr. Ali Mattu
Summary: Throwing down the geek gauntlet in the classic battle between Star Wars vs Star Trek through a psychological lens.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm, Room 24ABC

4. Comics Arts Conference #9: Comic Books in Therapy: How Do We Redeem the Irredeemable?

Psychology Geeks: Dr. Patrick O’Connor, Josué Cardona
Summary: How comic books can change lives by reflecting human struggle with doubt, mental illness, and the dichotomy of good and evil.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am, Room 26AB

5. Psychology of Cult TV Shows Episode 2

Psychology Geek: Dr. Janina Scarlet, Dr. Travis Langley, Dr. Billy San Juan, Alan Kistler
Summary: Examining the presence of psychological and mental health as it appears – both obvious and subtly – in cult television shows.
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 25ABC

6. The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Psychology Geeks: Dr. Janina Scarlet, Katrina Hill
Summary: Where are all the lady villains at? This panel examines the state of female bad-gals in popular culture.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 25ABC

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