Two University of Richmond psychologists, Scott T. Allison and George R. “Al” Goethals, will discuss heroes – what characteristics they possess, why they are special to us and how they win our admiration – at a book talk Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the university’s Jepson Alumni Center.

The talk is free and open to the public, but registration at jepson.richmond.edu is required.

Allison and Goethals co-authored the recently published book, “Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them.” Their research shows that heroes – both real people and fictional characters – are vital to our lives. Through identifying the mental models that characterize our sensitivity toward heroes, Allison and Goethals explore our admiration for heroes, ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino, Sen. Ted Kennedy and explorer Ernest Shackleton.

They also will discuss their list of 10 intriguing heroes of 2010.

For more information, call 804-287-6522 or e-mail jepson@richmond.edu.