A short documentary wherein producers profiled 14 7-year-old children, and loosely speculated on what sort of lives they might lead. Almost as an afterthought, director Michael Apted--a researcher on the original documentary--returned to profile these same 14 subjects at seven-year intervals. The "7 up" series has been called the grandfather of reality television.
In this program host Libby Potter travels around the world as she takes a meaningful look at the economics behind inexpensive goods for sale in big-box stores and malls. Cost-cutting through supply chain management and waste reduction, economies of scale achieved by shipping offshore-manufactured goods to market via super-container ships, the Wal-Mart effect, and the no-frills philosophy of IKEA are addressed.
In a short movie, young people can see how predatory addiction really is. We add a brief overview of "neuroadaptation," the actual change in the brain that addiction causes. It's now a chronic disease that must be managed, it's not going away. We also show red flags for kids to look for so they can become aware and begin to adjust their own behavior.
The Addictive Personality
Examines the complexities of the addictive personality. Includes a case studies featuring a patient with a serious gambling addiction and two sisters with addictive personalities.
This videotape contains interviews with adults who suffer from the disorder and describes symptoms. Russell Barkley details his new theory of ADHD, which explains why these adults have difficulty making adjustments in their lives.
An effective four-step plan for avoiding potential problems is presented. The incorporation of social skills into the curriculum is demonstrated. The audience sees first hand how to implement such behavior management methods as: color charts and signs, point system, token economy, and turtle-control technique.
With plenty of thought-provoking as well as laugh-out-loud examples, Dr. Pat Friman explains how 'insane' behavior on the part of teens is actually normal considering the different rates of development of parts of the brain.
During adolescence, young minds begin working in fresh ways that permit new ways of reasoning that enable students to take on much more challenging materials. However, these transitions can result in inconsistent forms of thinking that create social and emotional difficulties. Referring to the work of Piaget, Erikson, Goffman and his own studies, David Elkind looks at the intellectual, emotional and social changes of this stage of life.
Award-winning director Lance Tracy balances serious science with tongue-in-cheek humor to create a documentary scrutinizing the scope and effects of pornography that is informative, compelling, and unsettling.
"In the days immediately following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed seventeen people, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman began filming with students and families whose lives were forever altered"--Container.
Momentum in Science features 25 leading scientists, a primetime state-of-the-science report revealing the most cutting-edge research advances. Three additional specials (The Memory Loss Tapes; Grandpa, Will You Remember Me? with Maria Shriver; and Caregivers) capture what it means to experience the disease, to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers, and to care for those who are affected.
Anger In America
This ABC News program explores the psychology and sociology behind the most dangerous of emotions. Originally aired 1/25/08.
This program takes a comprehensive look at anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and phobias. Causes, symptoms, and treatments are all examined.
Sarah, a French college student runs a "pro-Ana" blog, part of a global online community of young women sharing tips on living with anorexia. Valerie Boyer is a passionate French National Assembly legislator proposing a groundbreaking bill to ban these online forums, issuing hefty fines and two-year prison sentences to their members. This documentary offers an unprecedented access into anorexia's hidden underground and considers how legal and free-speech issues are contested in a new media landscape.
Follows three articulate young people as they navigate the waters of daily life and journey toward self-understanding and self-advocacy. Their poignant and candid insights into the longing and isolation they feel offer a window into the Asperger's experience.
Asylum: A History of the Mental Institution in America
This classic, award-winning program brings to light the complex and controversial history of the mental institution in the U.S. through a detailed study of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.
An appraisal of the life and accomplishments of B.F. Skinner. Unfailingly innovative, he created apparatus, methods, and vocabulary to study the behavior of humans and animals. Common myths regarding the man are dispelled, and animations illustrate his concepts.
Treading new ground in the field of social psychology, Albert Bandura's work has become basic to an understanding of how social forces influence individuals, small groups and large groups. From his early BoBo doll experiments through his work with phobias, to his recent work on self-efficacy, Bandura has given us a sense of how people actively shape their own lives and those of others.
"Primetime" tested whether people will follow orders, even if they think they might cause pain to others. "Primetime" re-created a famous experiment to understand how ordinary people can perform unthinkable acts. The Milgram experiment and the Stanford prison experiment are shown as examples.
Examines the spectrum of domestic violence, including both the physical and emotional assaults which may be used by the batterer to intimidate and control family members. Survivors of abuse discuss the feelings that result, and men who abuse talk about their own frustration, need for power, and in many cases the abuse they suffered themselves earlier in life.
The program brings together a group of obviously bright and talented people and presents them with trials of all shapes and sizes. The results establish the validity of measuring not just what people know but also the equally important ways in which they exercise their practical, creative, emotional, and kinesthetic IQs.
Diana Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.
Documents a young boy's struggle with Asperger's syndrome. Adam and his family share their everyday challenges and triumphs to provide unparalleled insights into this increasingly common disorder. Includes interviews with autistic children and their families, and features Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted authority on autism spectrum disorders.
Part of a series on understanding, identifying and responding to childhood trauma. This segment focuses on the effects that childhood trauma has on brain function. Introduces current research that shows how systems in the brain are activated by trauma, and how trauma changes neuron response and cognitive pathways.
This ABC News program looks at the brain's complex relationship with food and its role in America's obesity epidemic. With help from sophisticated imaging techniques, viewers go inside an obese person's brain to see how it responds to fattening foods.
From hothousing to alternative paradigms for quantifying intelligence, this provocative two-part series presents the latest scientific research on how the brain works while addressing some of today's most pernicious myths about intellectual development.
Though he appears normal, Rick Franklin's brain injury has made his life anything but. Teaming up with veteran documentary maker and friend Lyell Davies, Rick explores the impact that brain injury has had on himself and other survivors and reveals helpful approaches to living with a brain injury. As they visit with brain injury survivors, invisible aspects of this disability become more clear; we see the wide range of deficits that survivors must face, both physically and mentally, and learn how no two brain injuries are alike. We also hear how survivors learn to deal with life after a brain injury by means of personal, medical, and even political strategies.
Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood.
A documentary exploring the effects of early childhood deprivation and abuse and their impact on emotional and cognitive development. Analyzes the socially destructive impact of children and young adults who have been victimized by early life trauma.
Two new mothers relate their experiences with postpartum depression and how therapy and medication helped them cope with PPD. The husband of a woman who became suicidal following her pregnancy recounts his struggle to understand why this happened.
Cannabis: The Evil Weed?
This program explores the science and the public debate surrounding the world's favorite illegal drug. Tracing the birthplace of the humble plant to Kazakhstan in Central Asia, addiction specialist Dr. John Marsden guides viewers through several topics and issues--including links between THC and schizophrenia; experiments on mice suggesting cannabis-related cognitive impairment; the development of Sativex, a cannabis-derived medicine; and California dispensary system, which bears some resemblance to the legalization of marijuana.
Caring for Disordered Behavior in the Nursing Home
This program provides nurses and nursing assistants with a strategy to identify and describe problem behaviors in nursing home residents. The author shows how to apply this systematic approach, using several examples, of problem behaviors and suggesting appropriate interventions.
Caring for Your Parents
This documentary focuses attention on the United States' aging population and the many adult children who are undertaking the primary care for their aging parents, underscoring today's struggle to keep parents at home, tensions between siblings and social, cultural and economic issues.
Carl Gustav Jung: Artist of the Soul
In his own words and writings, as well as with accounts of his closest relatives, we gain a personal insight into the life of the great psychoanalyst.
Informative expression of how our young people actually feel about connection in the digital world and our love/hate relationship with technology. It provides empowering strategies for more fulfilling, balanced, and authentic human interaction within the digital landscape. The film ... examines the effects of 'digital socialization' by taking viewers on a personal journey with a group of high school and college students who discover the power of authentic human connectivity and how there is 'No App' or piece of technology that can ever replace the benefits of human connection.
The Champions' Zone
In the language of sports, being in the "zone" means achieving a perfect balance between body and mind, entering a "state of grace" that only very few athletes ever reach. Featuring never-before seen interviews with 15 international champions from five continents.
Changing the Picture
Provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and much more! Apply these winning steps from the motivational master himself to build a better, more productive, satisfying life for yourself and your family.
Child Development: Adolescence
Explores some of the problems that adolescents face today and the best ways to cope, as told by teenagers themselves. Covers a range of issues including body image, relationship with parents, peer pressure and career goals.
Child Development From Birth to One Year
This video discusses the five developmental stages of an infant's first year.
Child Development From Five to Eight
The changes that occur during this pivotal time when intellectual development is closely accompanied by increasingly independent social activity and expectations.
Child Development From One to Three
Includes new skills and capabilities of the toddler. Emphasizes the importance of creating a strong foundation for future learning and development.
Child Development Theorists: Freud to Erikson to Spock and beyond
Covers child development theorists including Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Abraham Maslow, Arnold Gesell, John Bowlby, Rudolph Dreikurs, Lawrence Kohlberg, B.F. Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Diana Baumrind, T. Berry Brazelton, Howard Gardner.
This special follows four families who are raising teenagers, and captures candid, often disturbing situations which reveal the direct connection between parents' behavior and the ways their kids are mirroring or reacting to that behavior. These four stories are cautionary tales about parents' actions and inaction, and the subsequent impact on their children.
The Choice of a Lifetime: Returning From the Brink of Suicide
A suicide attempt is made every minute in the United States - every 17 minutes, one of those attempts is fatal. Suicide outranks homicide as a leading cause of death. Six people who turned back from the brink of suicide speak about the roots of their despair, the circumstances that led them to the edge, and their journey back to health. Explores the variety of ways that people have found to transform and heal their lives.
Cocaine and Crack
Explores the history of cocaine, the effects of cocaine and crack on the body and the short- and long-term health impacts; and teenage attitudes toward cocaine and crack. Also delves into the illicit cocaine trade and the South American cartels that control it, as well as addiction to cocaine - both physical and psychological.
The Color of Fear
Examines the pain and anguish that racism has caused in the lives of North American men of Asian, European, Latin and African descent. Out of their confrontations and struggles to understand and trust each other emerges an emotional and insightful portrayal into the type of dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.
Common Threads: Stories of Life After Trauma
Psychotherapists Connie Robillard and Marcel Duclos share their past experiences with abuse and neglect and offer a healing hand to those others who have been affected.
The Complete Blue Eyed
For over 30 years Jane Elliott has been America's most highly acclaimed diversity trainer. Her powerful and controversial "blue eyed/brown eyed" exercise has had a life-changing impact on thousands in schools, corporations and government. The original "Blue eyed," the definitive record of her technique, proved so powerful that is has been made into three separate versions so it can be conveniently used in any setting.
Consider the Conversation
Motivated by their personal experiences with loss, two long-time friends-one a hospice worker and the other a State Teacher of the Year-present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end-of-life. Consider the Conversation examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, and national experts from across the country.
Conversation with Viktor Frankl
Frankl, founder of logotherapy, compares his theories with those of Freud, Jung, Adler, Lorenz, and Skinner; he also discusses logotherapy, meaning, humanism, and altruism, and offers advice for psychiatry and psychology students.
Cry for Help
Takes a critical look at the issues surrounding teen depression and suicide. Takes an intimate look at the efforts of two high schools to identify adolescents at risk. It examines the difficult transition from high school to college through a first-person account.
Cult Witness: A Study of the Cultic Experience
An intelligent exploration of how cults attract and manipulate their followers, this documentary shares the disturbing firsthand experiences of Cult Witness director Samuel Stefan and six others who have freed themselves from cults: Jill Mytton (The Exclusive Brethren), Jim Bergin and Judy Garvey (The Gentle Wind Project), Lea Saskia Laasner (The Janus Project), and Celeste Jones and Amoreena Winkler (The Children of God).
Using a combination of home movies and interviews with Chris and other family members, this program, filmed by Chris's brother, is a multi-layered tale of three generations coping with bipolar disorder and autism. Chris has gone on to become an acclaimed artist, his creative expression triggered by the death of his father--whom he imagines to be playing cards with Nixon in the hereafter
This program examines in detail what depression is, its various symptoms, and the options available for coping with or even curing it. Featuring widely respected experts from the leading mental health organization SANE Australia, the video covers clinically recognized types of depression, what demographic groups are most at risk, specific signs and symptoms, and harmful myths that prevent patients from getting real help.
The trials and triumphs of four people facing a lifelong struggle with learning. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading and writing difficulties, affecting about 10 per cent of the population. [This documentary] is designed to raise awareness and provide an understanding of dyslexia, to bring a human face to this invisible disability and to reduce the stigma surrounding it.
Tells the dramatic stories of people of different ages, from diverse backgrounds, who live with various forms of depression. Leading mental health experts highlight the latest scientific research and innovative treatments, offering greater understanding and hope for the millions of people living with this complex, but treatable, disease." From container.
This program highlights the latest breakthroughs in treatment and diagnostic tools spotlighting several people who have suffered with depression their entire lives, but are finding relief through a combination of treatment strategies and lifestyle changes.
Leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body. Based on extensive investigation and superior scholarship, this introductory course in psychology features demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation.
Using the resources of the Brain Mapping Center of UCLA, this film illustrates the development of neuroscience from its classical reliance on information from brain injuries and autopsies through the new insights discovered with electronic microscopes, EEG equipment, PET scans and MRI machines.
This program explores scientific discoveries about marijuana and its possible link to mental illness, with commentary from outspoken cannabis critic Professor Robin Murray of the Psychosis Research Group. Viewers follow three young people as they battle psychosis, paranoia, and hallucinations, all triggered by smoking pot.
As this five-part series shows, the brain can be affected by drugs and alcohol in many different ways, depending on the substance consumed. The effects of stimulants, painkillers, tobacco and alcohol, cannabis, and hallucinogens are analyzed in detail, using the latest research and computer graphics.
Physiological studies in the mid-twentieth century, based largely on animals, and more recent neuroimaging studies of humans have uncovered hard evidence that neural circuits support emotional experience. Affective neuroscience thus blends the insights of psychology with methods from neuroscience
Examines how the sexist and misogynistic messages that circulate in American culture short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. Along the way, The Empathy Gap draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, and shows how men who break with regressive gender norms live happier and healthier lives.
Using archival materials and newly shot footage, this film introduces students to the rich wisdom of Erik H. Erikson. Best known for his identification of eight stages of the life cycle, Erikson spent a lifetime observing and studying the way in which the interplay of genetics, cultural influences and unique experiences produces individual human lives.
Bryce captured his true-life battle with depression and suicide in this 6x award-winning film. An excellent resource & tool enabling anyone to discuss depression and suicide, openly erasing the stigma still existing today.
This documentary explains our psychological responses to food, shares new scientific knowledge about hunger, eating, and human metabolic operation. Shows how external pressures such as oversized restaurant portions and the unending barrage of food advertisements make fighting fat so difficult.
Social and developmental psychologist and author Lynn Phillips explores the line between consent and coercion in this ... look at popular culture and the way real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups.
This program examines the life of the renowned psychiatrist, Viktor Emil Frankl, his contributions to science and philosophy, and the application of his theories, particularly in the area of palliative care.
This highly original program uncovers Freud's ideas in exactly the way Freud himself uncovered them: through his own dream analysis. Through an analysis of Freud, we learn about his theories on psychoanalysis, the Oedipus complex, the unconscious, infantile sexuality, and the ego torn between the greedy id and the rigid superego.
This shocking investigative series offers a rare look inside some of the most notorious, deadly gangs in history. In each episode, the stories behind America's most important gangs are told through rare footage and exclusive interviews of gang members. Discover how they operate, their increasingly destructive methods, and the alarming rate at which they're spreading to suburban and rural areas.
Get even closer to the truth about America's gangs in Season Two. Rarely seen footage and unique access to the lives of both former and current gang members provide a solid insight into why gangs exist.
They're fierce, brutal and ruthless, and bent on leaving their deadly mark on the streets of America. From the inner cities to the suburbs, from the West Coast to the East. With names like La Gran Familia, Tiny Rascals, Satan Disciples, the Crips, and Bandidos, these gangs can be found from Atlanta to Fresno, Chicago, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and even Salt Lake City. They rob, kill and terrorize, shaping their times and their turf.
Featuring exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, gain insight into some of the most dangerous street gangs in America, including Hispanic gangs in LA : the Avenues and the Mexican Mafia; the Pagans ; Chicago's Latin Kings ; Best Friends in Detroit ; Hidden Valley Kings in Charlotte, N.C. ; Hoover Criminals in Portland, OR ; Soon Dead Men, inc. ; Hell's Angels ; the Mongols Motorcycle Club ; the LMG (Love Murdering gangsters) in Memphis TN ; the Boys of Destruction and the Horseshoe Posse (St. Louis, M0) ; the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas ; and the Sons of Silence, begun in Colorado.
The fifth season of this ground-breaking series, with a cumulative audience of over 60 million viewers, delves deep into the real story behind eleven of America's most dangerous gangs, a world rarely seen by the uninitiated.
This groundbreaking series gives viewers unprecedented access to the inner workings of American gang life. Looks into the past of some of America's most notorious street gangs to learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods they've controlled. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this series is a raw look at life inside these gangs, from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.
Gives viewers unprecedented access to the inner workings of American gang life. HISTORY looks into the past of some of America's most notorious street gangs to learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods they've controlled. With exclusive interviews and rarely-seen footage, this series is a raw look at life inside these gangs, from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.
This program features archival footage of the 20th century's most influential social scientists as they strive to define human nature: Carl Jung discusses individuation, Stanley Milgram explains his famous obedience experiment, R. D. Laing lectures on mental illness, Margaret Mead questions Western sexual mores, and Richard Dawkins casts "the selfish gene" in a more positive light. Also featured are Sigmund Freud, Benjamin Spock, B. F. Skinner, Desmond Morris, and Jane Goodall.
Nothing in human experience is quite so astonishing as the enormous changes that occur during the five short years that transform the newborn into the actively curious, exploring kindergartner. This video examines the work of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget, illuminating the similarities and differences of their contributions to our understanding of the cognitive development of young children.
This ABC News program goes inside the homes of children living with severe mental illness, sharing the stories of three young girls whose schizophrenia commands them to harm themselves--or their younger siblings. Their parents' video diaries document the challenges, breakdowns, and frustrations that occur as they seek help for their children and relief for the rest of the family.
Bill Moyers talks with physicians, scientists, therapists, and patients-- people who are taking a new look at the meaning of sickness and health ... He discusses their search for answers to perplexing questions: How do emotions translate into chemicals in our body? How do thoughts and feelings influence health? How can we collaborate with our bodies to encourage healing?
Studying the traumatic impact of 9/ll, neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes. The film features interviews with some of the world's leading experts on fear and memory, including neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Eric R. Kandel, neuropsychiatrist David Silbersweig, and other psychologists and neuroscientists at New York University's Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety.
How Smart Can We Get? How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in the genes? Or is it hard work? Episodes include: Einstein's Brain; Mystery of the Savant Brain; What is Intelligence? and Profile: Sian Beilock.
The fascinating interplay of genetic predispositions and experience in the development of the brain after birth is demonstrated in this film produced at the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon.
A compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain's role in recording and preserving memory.
... Bulimia is on the rise, both nationally and internationally. Yet it is often portrayed in the media as almost a joke, as a kind of 'extreme' dieting practiced by models and others obsessed with their appearance. In reality, this eating disorder can be as hard to overcome as any addiction-- and it can be a killer. This documentary takes us into the lives of women and men who are struggling to cope with bulimia and its consequences on their health, their work and play, and their relationships.
Introduction to social psychology with emphasis on three questions: What is the subject matter of social psychology? What are its methods of investigation? And what are some of its findings? Examples include interpersonal events in a cafeteria, reactions of bystanders, Milgram's obedience study, and Zimbardo's prison simulation.
What was the most disturbing aspect of Jeffrey Dahmer's personality? Was it his fascination with death? his cannibalism? His necrophilia? Or was it his guise of normality? Explore the twisted conscience of one of history's most psychotic killers.
Gives an overview of Dr. John Bowlby's therapeutic approach with attachment relationships and their impact on lives throughout the life cycle. Includes footage from an on-going longitudinal study, segments from therapy sessions, and discussions about Dr. Bowlby and attachment theory by his colleagues and his children.
Examines the emotional and legal aftermath of divorce, seeking to find out: What's best for the kids? Explores the pros and cons of joint physical custody, looks at efforts to reform how custody is decided in the current judicial system, and examines how divorce education programs are helping both parents and kids.
Frontline takes a measure of the new national dilemma of kids killing other kids in school through a detailed, intimate journey into the life of one high school shooter, Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents, and then opened fire killing two fellow students and wounding 25 others at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon.
Who decides how life ends? This is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of four families and their terminally-ill loved ones as they face death. It brings up a multitude of matters implicit in an individuals' option to hasten death when the dying process makes life unendurable. Last Rights explores medical, ethical, and political issues.
Defines dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and shows how explicit, multisensory, systematic teaching based on language structure can be used to improve reading and math skills.
In the age of surgically enhanced beauty and reality television, how do we perceive body image? To address that question, this film features media producers and consumers, surgeons and their patients, clinical psychologists, media theorists, and youth who are coming of age in a culture where bodies seem to be customizable.
This film explores the challenge of explaining visual perception. The production includes an overview of the human visual system, illustrated with animated graphics and live action footage and describes, using engaging 'optical illusions,' the profound technical and philosophical challenges scientists face in attempting to explain perception. The film ends with a thought-provoking discussion of the essential role of human experience in determining what we perceive
The Mean World Syndrome, based on the groundbreaking work of media scholar George Gerbner, urges us to think about media effects in nuanced ways. Ranging from Hollywood movies and prime-time dramas to reality programming and the local news, the film examines how media violence forms a pervasive cultural environment that cultivates in heavy viewers, especially, a heightened state of insecurity, exaggerated perceptions of risk and danger, and a fear-driven propensity for hard-line political solutions to social problems.
In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact.
These videos present the stories of ten brave men who overcame stigma to tell about their experiences with depression. They describe with fearless candor how depression undermined their lives; how they learned they had a treatable disease and finally found the help that made recovery possible...
Sensitively explores the controversial subject of the blurring of gender as well as the serious social and family problems - even dangers - often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female.
This two-volume series of 42 videos take viewers on a series of virtual "field trips" to laboratories in the U.S. and abroad. Here are actual experiments in children's learning, from the classic studies to the cutting edge, conducted by well-known researchers from a number of academic disciplines.
This video reviews some of the basic work of Piaget, Kohlberg and Milgram and investigates current research into the domain theory of Dr. Turiel and his associates. Factors that lead us to act on our judgments, or not, are critically examined using issues important to today's students.
What drives someone to kill? Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone explores the answer to this mystery and much more with his groundbreaking 'index of depravity' that decodes the killer's mind, method, and motive.
This program examines nonverbal communication in different cultures. It looks at personal space; body language including gestures, inflection, eye contact, smiling and other facial expressions; and posture. It demonstrates how the same gesture can be interpreted in different ways.
This hard-hitting program documents the drastic effects on the filmmaker's well-being as he weans himself off Paxil and reveals unethical links between the FDA, the American Psychiatric Association, and the pharmaceutical industry, all of whom downplayed Paxil's harmful side effects.
Documents Stanley Milgram's early 1960's study on obedience to authority. Describes both obedient and defiant reactions of subjects who are instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person.
Attempts to break down misconceptions and stereotypes about this addicting, obsessive and compulsive habit. This program shares with viewers the dangers of this addiction, showing examples of people that nearly lost everything because of how Internet gambling turned into a disease that went out of control.
Featuring interviews with international experts from different research areas, including a Nobel prize winner, and startlingly illuminating footage of children acting out their aggressive impulses, this documentary examines the complex interactions of factors that affect the socialization of human aggressive behavior.
Compulsive hoarding may be linked to obsessive compulsive disorder, or to Alzheimer's and other dementias. This engaging personal documentary profiles the families of the filmmaker and her cinematographer, whose lives have been shaped by the "packrat" behavior of a family member.
With an edgy visual style that reflects the emotional roller-coaster many new mothers experience, this film transcends misconceptions about postpartum depression and the initial months of parenthood. Viewers gain insight into a condition that frequently affects mothers with no prior history of mental or mood disorder issues, and who are often left isolated, misunderstood, and untreated.
Combines archival footage of Dr. Jean Piaget with newly shot footage of Dr. Elkind conducting interviews with children of various ages. The film serves as an introduction to Piaget's work while presenting his current theories on developmental psychology.
In this series parents learn how to use positive discipline techniques instead of more harmful practices to get the results they want. Viewers will see real-life parenting challenges and learn age-appropriate strategies that lead to non-violent resolutions.
The emotional challenge of prison release can be hard to handle. This video shares the experiences of inmates and experts, giving insights and useful tips on how to make this difficult and often emotional transition as easy as possible.
Robert Cialdini provides insights on what makes individuals successful in their attempts to persuade all manner of other people. Includes his six principles that lead to effective, ethical and enduring influence.
Using footage of preschoolers in the classroom and interviews with teachers and caregivers, this program delivers a detailed overview of the cognitive development that takes place between the ages of three and five. It also gives suggestions for activities that foster cognitive development.
This program shows preschoolers engaged in activities that exemplify these physical advancements, and examines the importance of nutrition and sleep. It gives examples of activities that foster physical development, and provides observations from teachers about how this growth takes place.
Shows how preschoolers learn to play cooperatively, make friends, and express emotions. Presents concepts from developmental theorists, insight from current preschool educators, and provides strategies that can be used to foster social and emotional growth.
Hidden cameras record how people react to bullies ganging up on an innocent kid or a couple fighting in the park. Primetime tests what people do when confronted with ethical dilemmas that force them to act or not. Will dressing the bullies tougher or changing the race of the fighting couple affect how people respond?
This Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion reference the baneful societal effects of pop psychology and stubborn prejudices in the field of psychotherapy, while those against point out that controlled psychotherapy trials have repeatedly shown beneficial results from certain treatments. Questions from the floor follow. The final vote? Significantly against.
Deborah Gruenfeld discusses her several-year research focusing on the psychological effects of power; including single-mindedness in decision making, orientation to action, and depersonalization of others.
Discusses a prison simulation experiment conducted in 1971 with students at Stanford University and considers the causes and effects that make prisons such an emotional issue. Documentary includes new film, flashback editing, follow-ups 20-years later, and an original music score; reveals the chronology of the transition of good into evil, of normal into the abnormal
Two of the country's leading child psychologists identify the social and emotion challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness, giving them the support to navigate the social pressures of youth.
From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had found the cause of autism: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children - rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self-isolation - stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. We now know that autism is a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women branded as cold "refrigerator mothers," the damage had already been done.
Provides an exploration from both the expert and the personal perspectives of human development beginning with conception and continuing through the many changes of growth and aging. Describes how the biological, social and psychological clocks influence the events of the human life cycle. Includes case studies and commentaries by noted psychologists.
This SBS Independent production focuses on the lives and experiences of several people who suffer or have recovered from an anxiety disorder, as well as comments from healers, both medicinal and spiritual, who have helped people on the road to recovery.
Examines the case of "Genie," a girl whose parents kept her locked in a bedroom in total isolation, until she was discovered in 1970 at age 13. At first, her rehabilitation seemed to be an opportunity to test hypotheses of language acquisition, but disputes about the nature of her disabilities, the intensity of her therapy, and the progress of government funded research turned Genie's case into a sad example of the ethical quandaries of research on human subjects.
Examines political icons from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to 2008 presidential hopefuls, Barack Obama and John McCain. Shows how politicians and celebrities use subtle body language to persuade masses, establish power, and advance careers.
Originally thought to be situated at the "borderline" of psychosis, borderline personality disorder is a condition affecting emotion regulation. This program opens a window of understanding into the excruciating reality of life with BPD by examining the experiences of Rachael and Maria.
Some people can't seem to throw anything away. This engaging documentary invites us to enter the mind of the compulsive hoarder, while dispelling the stereotype that all 'packrats' are isolated elderly derelicts. Hoarding is widely thought to be related to OCD, but this film notes that recent studies suggest it may be a neurologically distinct condition.
Every year, more than 30,000 Americans commit suicide -- an average of one every 17 minutes. Sparing no detail, "Suicide" exposes the brutal, graphic realities of what it really means to take ones own life.
This module is an overview of theory in action. Theories include: cognitive, psychosexual, psychosocial, behaviorist, social learning, and sociocultural. The video explains the concept of the "whole child" and shows how theories tend to focus on only part. Examples are given of how one theory can contradict another. Theorists include: Piaget, Freud, Erickson, Gesell, Skinner, Vygotsky.
This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death.
By watching a dozen families in unique situations, Dr. Brazelton shows how and why children develop the way they do. The information in this video can help parents learn to carefully watch and understand their child's behavior and strengths, and thus meet the needs of their children during the crucial early years.
Tells the stories of five people struggling to cope with the suicide of a loved one or their own suicide attempt. Their stories are unique, but each person faces the difficulty of achieving a full recovery because of the anger, guilt, and stigma surrounding suicide.
This program studies the primal centers of the brain and the behaviors they control in order to gain an understanding of violence. Illustrating the role of brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin as well as social conditioning that brings belligerence to the forefront, the film shows how violence is accepted, celebrated, or conveniently overlooked.
Documents students attending Gateway Academy, a private K-12 day school in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in Asperger syndrome, high-functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Includes interviews with students, their families and school personnel.
This program of the News hour with Jim Lehrer presents a concise overview of Freudian theory on dreams, discusses the process of dreaming, debates the historical value and current applicability of Freudian theory, and speculates on the future of dream research.
In 1964 Michael Apted interviewed a group of seven year old children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, Apted has been back to talk to the same subjects.
For many women raped by the enemy during a time of war, the legacy of assault lives on in the child born of that hateful act. How can the mother look into her child's eyes and not see her assailant? How can the children live with the horrible truth about their conception? Is there any hope for love between these wounded women and the children of the enemy? In a cry for help and justice, victims of war rape and "war babies" tell their stories.
Created to meet the needs of a steadily growing American senior population, this series addresses important issues that affect the quality of life of older men and women, as well as their spouses, family, and friends. Through scenes of daily living, interviews, and expert commentary, these programs provide valuable insights and advice on mental wellness, the key to successful aging.
What are dreams and why do we have them? NOVA joins the leading dream researchers as they embark on a variety of neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the world of sleep and dreams. Delving deep into the thoughts and brains of a variety of dreamers, scientists are asking important questions about the purpose of this mysterious world we escape to at night.
Offers a new depth of understanding of the concepts of psychoanalyst Carl Jung and serves as an introduction to those concepts for the beginner. Interviews with Jung followers show his "user-friendly" psychological approach to life.