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The Alien Play: A Full-Length Play on Mental Illness, Spirituality, and Extra-Terrestrials

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The Alien Play, as posted here, is a placeholder name for this working draft of a full-length stage play that functions as part-science-fiction adventure, part-spiritual-parable. As the process of playwriting is a complex array of research, outlining, drafting, revising and

The Alien Play, as posted here, is a placeholder name for this working draft of a full-length stage play that functions as part-science-fiction adventure, part-spiritual-parable. As the process of playwriting is a complex array of research, outlining, drafting, revising and editing, the play is preceded by a craft essay detailing the playwright's inspiration, research, and narrative design. In order to complete this project, the playwright conducted research in the field of religious studies, focusing specifically on the phenomena of paranormal experiences through the lenses of psychology, sociology, and philosophy, asking questions such as: How and why do new religions arise? In what ways (narrative, content, structure, etc.) do these new religions reflect the spiritualist mythologies or religious institutions of the past? What do these similarities or differences say about the social, economic, or political atmospheres that give rise to such movements?

More specifically, this play works within the cross-section of religion/spirituality, mental illness, and UFO and other extra-terrestrial related anomalies to ask such questions as: What does it mean to be Human? What does it mean to be "alien" or Other? How do we internally and externally construct a binary between Humanness and Otherness, between Self and Other? How do we construct reality? In what ways does this anthropomorphize our conceptions of the Human or the Other? In what ways, specifically, may this affect our understanding or manifestation of mental illness, in ourself and others?

The play you see here is a final draft for the thesis, but is still in development elsewhere. Here is a brief log line (i.e. a short description of the general plot and conflict of a script) for the piece: Four sisters from a broken home must deal with the sudden discovery of their late father's communication with an extra-terrestrial race bearing a message of Love-and-Peace. When they, too, begin to communicate with the E.T.'s, they must juggle issues of mental illness, memory, and trauma all while outrunning a shadow government that will stop at nothing to uncover their secret.

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2018-12

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The Depiction of Schizophrenia in Film

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The depiction of mental illness, schizophrenia in particular, within film is a unique phenomenon that film directors have decided to undertake more so in the last 20 years than ever before in cinematic history (Wedding & Niemic, 2014; Robinson, 2004;

The depiction of mental illness, schizophrenia in particular, within film is a unique phenomenon that film directors have decided to undertake more so in the last 20 years than ever before in cinematic history (Wedding & Niemic, 2014; Robinson, 2004; Gabbard & Gabbard, 1999; Wahl, 1997). Countless filmmakers have taken on the challenge of depicting this complex, yet degenerative condition that entails auditory and visual hallucinations, disorganized thought and speech, and delusions. Its portrayals are usually exaggerated and romanticized, and convey a sense of separate "Otherness" with those who have a mental disorder. And while filmmakers try to encapsulate the schizophrenic experience, it is not without psychiatric error and regarding the person who has schizophrenia as a spectacle. This unfair and ostracizing view of people who have schizophrenia is fueled by films like A Beautiful Mind and The Shining where the film either creates impossibly high standards for schizophrenics to perform at, or the film paints the character as a violent savage. In either case, the end result is the marking and, usually, denouncement of the schizophrenic for their illness. What filmmakers tend to overlook is how much the public learns from the cinematic portrayals of these disorders, and that their films are contributing to an overarching issue of public presumptions of actual schizophrenia and how it is perceived. While the Hollywood approach offers a depiction that is usually more tangible and enjoyable for masses of audiences, spectators should recognize that these are artistic interpretations that take liberties in their depictions of schizophrenia. Viewing these films with an objective mindset to better understand the inner workings of schizophrenia is absolutely crucial in arriving anything close to the truth behind this mental illness that has been demonized long enough.

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2015-05

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A Day in the Life of: An Accurate Representation of Mental Illness through Screenwriting

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Here at ASU, I am double majoring in Psychology and Film/Media Studies. As such, I wanted to combine my two majors for my thesis project. Therefore, I decide to analyze representations of mental illness as they are portrayed in the

Here at ASU, I am double majoring in Psychology and Film/Media Studies. As such, I wanted to combine my two majors for my thesis project. Therefore, I decide to analyze representations of mental illness as they are portrayed in the mass media, especially through film and television. Through this research, I determined a number of ways that the mass media often portray mental illness incorrectly, insensitively, or through sheer stereotypes that often contribute to stigma and prejudice against the mentally ill. Taking what I learned about these common representations, as well as my knowledge of screenwriting and psychological disorders, I crafted a series of three short screenplays that accurately and positively represent mentally ill characters. This "Day in the Life of" series provides a snapshot of a characters' day to day life as they coexist with their mental illness.

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2018-05

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Vowel Normalization in Dysarthria

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In this study, the Bark transform and Lobanov method were used to normalize vowel formants in speech produced by persons with dysarthria. The computer classification accuracy of these normalized data were then compared to the results of human perceptual classification

In this study, the Bark transform and Lobanov method were used to normalize vowel formants in speech produced by persons with dysarthria. The computer classification accuracy of these normalized data were then compared to the results of human perceptual classification accuracy of the actual vowels. These results were then analyzed to determine if these techniques correlated with the human data.

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2013-05

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BoJack and Mental Illness

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A look at how mental illness has played a role in BoJack horseman and made us think differently about what it means for mental illness to be in animated shows. As well, this website uses comparative statics to showcase what BoJack does differently.

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2020-05

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From Madman to Patient: An Evolution in Depictions of Mental Illness in American Literature

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This thesis explores how the characterization of mentally ill characters evolves in literature within the United States in order to understand if and how modern notions of mental illness have impacted American writers’ fictional depictions of insanity. For this reason,

This thesis explores how the characterization of mentally ill characters evolves in literature within the United States in order to understand if and how modern notions of mental illness have impacted American writers’ fictional depictions of insanity. For this reason, this project compares and contrasts American fiction from the 19th century and 21st century. More specifically, the thesis explores the two centuries to trace evolutions in the use of gothic tropes, the progression of the theme of identity, relevant paratexts, and public conversations about fictional mental illness in modern texts—all of which send specific messages about mental health and impact the ways in which the reader understands the characters with mental illness. Ultimately, this thesis argues that the evolved use of tropes, the theme of identity, paratexts, and public conversations suggest there has been a shift from othering characters with mental illness towards accepting these characters and normalizing mental illness as an ordinary and familiar part of the human experience. In short, an increased understanding of mental health accompanies literary choices that create a more sympathetic representation of mental illness overall, even when fiction writers might still rely heavily on 19th-century tropes regarding madness.

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2020-12

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Firstlight: Stories

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This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous

This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous composer, in various locations from New York City, to the deserts of the Southwest, to the calm of coastal California. It is an attempt to show the impact of grief and loss on the human heart and mind, and how the psychological impact of such a tragedy can seep into the lives of countless others, so interconnected is our presence on this planet. This is a book about pain, life, and love. Most of all, it is a book about memory, that illusory thing which taunts and tempts us all. I hope only that this work makes the reader feel in communion with the characters, so that they may sense what they - and ostensibly, the author - feel in their hearts and minds.

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2022-05

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Bate Honors Thesis Summary (Spring 2022)

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This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous

This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous composer, in various locations from New York City, to the deserts of the Southwest, to the calm of coastal California. It is an attempt to show the impact of grief and loss on the human heart and mind, and how the psychological impact of such a tragedy can seep into the lives of countless others, so interconnected is our presence on this planet. This is a book about pain, life, and love. Most of all, it is a book about memory, that illusory thing which taunts and tempts us all. I hope only that this work makes the reader feel in communion with the characters, so that they may sense what they - and ostensibly, the author - feel in their hearts and minds.

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2022-05

Firstlight: Stories

Description

This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous

This is a collection of short stories surrounding the life of a person whose heart is broken. It documents the experiences of a range of people: a therapist in a psychiatric ward, a desperate housewife, a haggard professor, a famous composer, in various locations from New York City, to the deserts of the Southwest, to the calm of coastal California. It is an attempt to show the impact of grief and loss on the human heart and mind, and how the psychological impact of such a tragedy can seep into the lives of countless others, so interconnected is our presence on this planet. This is a book about pain, life, and love. Most of all, it is a book about memory, that illusory thing which taunts and tempts us all. I hope only that this work makes the reader feel in communion with the characters, so that they may sense what they - and ostensibly, the author - feel in their hearts and minds.

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2022-05