MU Psychology Faculty, Students Speak at San Diego Comic-Con

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MU Psychology Faculty, Students Speak at San Diego Comic-Con


Two faculty members from Marshall University's psychology department, along with two doctoral students, presented a session at the 45th Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego last month. Comic-Con is an educational corporation that creates awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms.

Dr. April Fugett and Dr. Keith Beard, as well as doctoral students Elijah Wise and Britani Black, presented "From Spider-Man to Darth Vader -- How Your Personality Influences Our Favorite Characters. The session was attended by nearly 200 people.

The researchers surveyed more than 400 people from across the country on the characters that they liked and with which they identified. Participants took a personality test, as well.

From there, the researchers looked to see if there was any relationship between personality characteristics found from the test and the characters that participants liked and identified with.

The study results showed that people who like pop culture characters are often imaginative, like variety and have numerous interests. …

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