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A discussion on super heroes and psychology will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, as West Liberty University welcomes Travis Langley to campus.

The event will be held in the Alumni Room, College Union.

"Batman and Psychology, A Dark and Storm Knight," is the title of Langley's book, published in June 2012. Described as a journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, the book was published in time for the summer 2012 release of the film of The Dark Knight Rises.

Batman's popularity and interest has increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics in 1939. Langley looks at why this superhero fascinates us so.
Batman and Psychology explores questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?

The book and author suggests insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City.

A tenured professor of psychology at Henderson State University, Langley received his bachelor of arts in psychology from Hendrix College and his master's and doctoral degrees in experimental social psychology from Tulane University.

His research includes studies of aggressive behavior and mass media, particularly the psychology of media fans. He and his students collect data for their ERIICA Project: Empirical Research on the Interpretation & Influence of the Comic Arts.

Langley regularly makes presentations on the psychology of super heroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International.

The event is cosponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and West Liberty University's annual Hughes Lecture Series.

WLU began a new academic program, the graphic narrative major, this fall that offers an interdisciplinary program focused on the study and creation of graphic novels and comics.

Langley will speak to students in the new program while visiting campus.
Langley also will be a guest speaker at Lunch-with-Books, Ohio County Public Library at noon, Oct. 15.