** Special Student Series

ATTENDANCE POLICIES ~ NCCU Students ~ Video Discussion

As most regular readers here know, I teach various classes from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, where I am an Associate Professor. In the following video, Prof. Brian David Phillips discusses ATTENDANCE POLICIES for his courses at National Chengchi University. This brief talk is essentially the same information as…

TIME PRESSURE ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

CREDIBILITY ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

Realm of LARP Complete Unreality Series!

Nerdist has produced a digital ton of programs and the like for nerds . . . it had to happen sooner or later, but they eventually shone their light on Live Action Roleplaying and created REALM OF LARP, an unreality series about LARPers and their passion. For your viewing pleasure . . . here is…

PLEASE & THANK YOU ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

THE NAME GAME ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

LARPing as Therapy

Kristin Brumley (https://www.youtube.com/user/OrlySunja) has begun a fascinating new series which will become regular live online conference sessions via Google Hangouts on Youtube in which she is gathering a group of LARPing experts to discuss various topics. In this particular LIVE Google Hangout of 26 March 2014, they had a discussion on how LARPing and RPGs…

SECRETS ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

DYSTOPIA Edition of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LARP (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Here we go . . . DYSTOPIA ROLEPLAY AND INTERACTIVE DRAMA! Okay, this video thingie is yet another sequel to an earlier video I shared (here) and it’s followup (here) and like the earlier version, this one is also cute and a half while addressing some intriguing issues such as Dystopia in Interactive Drama or…

BECAUSE ~ Weird Influence Tricks ~ Video

As most regular readers here know, I teach quite a bit on social influence, social psychology, critical thinking, and critical theory in various contexts from undergraduate and graduate courses at National Chengchi University where I am an Associate Professor to the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute where I teach a couple required courses to my own…

Hierarchy of Motives

Prof. Brian David Phillips discusses the HIERARCHY OF MOTIVES or the Hierarchy of Needs that essentially looks at what drives human behavior as based upon the work of Abraham Maslow. As students of the assorted communication and influence courses I teach at the university or various institutes are well aware, if you can peg someone’s…

The Monomyth: Mythic Structure or the Hero’s Journey Model

Prof. Brian David Phillips discusses the MYTHIC STRUCTURE or the Monomyth or the Hero’s Journey Model of literature, film, and psychological transformation as adapted from the work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. Students in my literature and film courses as well as a number of other courses that I teach at the university or various…

Ars Amandi: An Introduction to Love and Physical Intimacy Mechanics for Interactive Drama LARPS

Here we go . . . An Introduction to ARS AMANDI with Emily Care Boss, Lizzie Stark, and Sarah Lynne Bowman Okay, this video thingie is a more formalized continuation of intimacy and love simulation in interactive drama that we have seen from a few earlier videos I have shared and like the earlier pieces,…

Student Poetry Recitals

Students in my Communication and Broadcasting Journalism courses at the university present readings of selected poems as part of the Poetry Recital Project. The poems were chosen by the students and had to be of one to two minutes in length. To my students: you should watch the video of yourself and note strengths and…

Student Memorized Scene Performances

Students perform a scenes from various scripts for the Memorized Scene Performance Project. You should watch the video of yourself and note strengths and weaknesses. Students should WRITE AN EVALUATION of their own performance piece, watching for the purpose of self-criticism. Note the strengths and weaknesses of your own performance in the piece and provide…

Stereographic Ethnography Series

Students present their Stereographic Ethnographies. This is the STEREOGRAPHIC ETHNOGRAPHY series with assigned evaluators. Students must evaluate two classmates and themselves. Your detailed analysis pieces are due in hard copy on January 8. In addition to typical critique of strengths and weaknesses as well as communication, language use, pronunciation, grammar, organization, eye contact, volume, and…

Nordic LARP, Interactive Drama, on Discovery

While it is awesome to see Nordic LARP – intense form of interactive drama – featured on the Discovery Channel, it’s unfortunate that it was featured on a show that seems to imply the taboo or the freakish or weird. Nordic LARP is anything but weird . . . okay, maybe a bit but no…

Vampire Sex Edition of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex LARP (But Were Afraid to Ask including a Whole Lot about Sex in LARP)

Here we go . . . VAMPIRES AND SEX AND INTERACTIVE DRAMA! Okay, this video thingie is the sequel to an earlier video I shared (here) and like the earlier version, this one is also cute and a half while addressing some rather important issues such as SEX in Interactive Drama or LARP (Live Action…