This Sunday we have the ultimate pleasure of having our second Doctor on the podcast. Dr Nuka!
Dr. Courtney “Nuka” Plante is a social psychologist and co-founder of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project, a group of social scientists who have studied the furry fandom for the past six years and, to date, published more than 15 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Plante’s research primarily focuses on the impact of fantasy activities on identity and well-being, and has also done work on social identity within fandoms and the effects of dehumanization on concern for animal welfare. He works as a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University studying how players become immersed in video games and how this affects their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dr. Plante has been a part of the furry fandom for nearly ten years, though he has been a fan of Pokemon, furry-themed Webcomics, and furry art for much longer than that. His fursona is a neon-blue cat named Nuka who wears a lab coat and “does science” (which, more often than not, ends with fire and explosions). Nuka enjoys video games, marshmallows, fuzzy things, and sushi; his favorite ponies are Vinyl Scratch and Twilight Sparkle.
Come join us this Sunday to hear about what this crazy cat has to say about his research on the furry fandom as always we’ll be streaming at 8pm CAT, 7pm CET, 6 pm GMT and from 1pm EST moving backwards in time as we go further west over the expanse that is America!