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Psychological Perspectives in Hip Hop

Dr. Brian Sims
North Carolina A&T State University

This course will examine how principles and perspectives in psychology manifest themselves in hip hop culture.  A primary focus of this course is to examine different psychological concepts and identify the psychological underpinnings of hip hop from 1979 until the present.  The course will begin with an extended look at research conducted in the areas of popular media, journalism and mass communication, and hip hop studies.  Next, students will explore & identify evidence of psychological theory in mainstream hip hop culture. Finally, students will study the documented effects of music on mental processes such as cognition, motivation, and emotion; extrapolating findings from the literature on sensation and perception to offer hypotheses on the overall effects of music from this genre at both the individual and societal level.

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