Psychology and Popular Culture

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The Psychology and Popular Culture area concerns itself with the ways in which popular culture both reflects and shapes the nature of our psychology. The Psychology and Popular Culture area invites all interested persons to present papers on a broad array of topics inclusive of psychology and popular culture, such as: psychological theory, Jungian arts-based research, depth psychology, analytical psychology, archetypal psychology, psychiatry, mindfulness, cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and interpretations of literature, film, gender theory, music, politics, or religion from a psychological perspective.

As examples of topics, the papers presented in 2022 include:


 “The Portable Analyst”

 “Mememotion Regulation: An Experimental Investigation Into the Emotion Regulation Effects of Viewing Memes”

 “Always (2021)”

 “Cold-Hearted: An Analysis of Mr. Freeze Through the Lens of Moral Development”

 “Viewing Modern Socioeconomic Issues through an Ancient Lens

 “In the Jaws of the Merman: Celebrity, Beauty and the Female Artist”

“Rupture and Repair: A Look at Black Widow’s Messy Family”

“Romantic Relationships in Loki: To Love Another, You Must Love Yourself First”

 “Sex Positivity in Sex Education

 “Learning to Raise a Young One: The Mandalorian and Parent Coaching”

“Social Exchange Theory as Evidenced by Greenleaf’s First Lady, Daisy Mae Greenleaf”

 “The Surface Pressure Behind Birth Order: Exploring Notions of Middle Child Syndrome in Disney’s Encanto

 “How Realistic are Recent American Media Portrayals of the Development of Expertise?”

 ‘“The Inner Light’: The Re-Membering of Soma in Star Trek: The Next Generation



For consideration, please submit a 150-300 word abstract.


For questions, please contact:

Area Chair: Margaret (Maggie) Mendenhall, PhD

[email protected]

Long Beach, CA


2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.