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The Family Simpson

By Misty K. Hook, Ph.D.


from The Psychology of The Simpsons

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This is one essay from the anthology The Psychology of The Simpsons

Psychologists turn their attention to “The Simpsons,” one of America’s most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show’s characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional psychologists drawn from schools and clinical practices across the country. Each essay is designed to be accessible, thoughtful and entertaining, while providing the reader with insights into both “The Simpsons” and the latest in psychological thought. Every major area of psychology is covered, from clinical psychology and cognition to abnormal and evolutionary psychology, while fresh views on eclectic show topics such as gambling addiction, Pavlovian conditioning, family therapy and lobotomies are explored.

About the Authors

Alan Brown, Ph.D., has been a professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University for the past 30 years. He has published more than 50 professional articles and four books in the area of human memory processes. He lives in Dallas.

Chris Logan is a lecturer in the psychology department at Southern Methodist University. His area of expertise is the social psychology of conflict resolution. He has forced references to “The Simpsons” on friends, family members, innocent bystanders and countless psychology students at three universities over the last 10 years. He has a B.A. in psychology from SMU and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech. He lives in Dallas, where he teaches and consults.

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About the Author

Misty K.  Hook, Ph.D.

Misty K. Hook, Ph.D., first developed her love for all things Joss Whedon during her doctoral training in counseling psychology. After getting her degree, Dr. Hook spent five years as an assistant professor of psychology teaching classes on gender and family issues. Her students quickly learned about her love of both “Buffy” and feminism and often gave her “Buffy”-related items. Dr. Hook is now a licensed psychologist in private practice where she deals a lot with gender issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, who she hopes will be as much of a feminist as Joss Whedon.

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