The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda Franchise

Link is thrust into his destiny of having to defeat evil by collecting items and tools throughout Hyrule, proving himself a hero and eventually leading to a showdown with a villain. However, his journey is not as simple as defeating evil and saving the princess. There are multiple and significant psychological concepts at play throughout the different games in this series. This panel will link the psychological concepts found in each game for discussion and questions from the audience.


Dr. Anthony Bean [Executive Director / Clinical Psychologist, The Telos Project], Dr. Rachel Kowert [Research Psychologist, KITSUNE ANALYTICS], Dr. Stephen Daniel [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], Dr. Sarah Hays [Director of Human Factors, Recovree], Dr. Shane Tilton [Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University]