14-46 Story 1: Conversion Disorder

 

Synopsis: Back in the 1690s, several New England girls exhibited strange behavior that was attributed to witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials resulted in false accusations, executions and a mystery that has haunted our country for centuries. What was happening to these girls? Were they faking or did they have a bona fide psychiatric condition. We talk to an author and a psychologist about what could have been the cause for one of the strangest events in American History.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Katherine Howe, lecturer in American Studies, Cornell University, author of Conversion. Travis Langley, Professor of Psychology, Henderson State University, author or Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight.

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