Psychology: the Human Experience was designed and produced for contemporary adult students—for people with a growing interest in all that influences human behavior. Each of the video lessons incorporates original videography of biological processes, as well as historical and contemporary research.
Introduces psychology as a science of behavior and mental processes. It explains how understanding why we think and act as we do enhances our lives.
Provides an overview of observational and descriptive research by illustrating how the scientific method is used to study the relationship between violent video games and aggression.
Provides learning about the components of the nervous system and the methods used for studying the brain through the story of a hemispherectomy patient.
Illustrates how the brain communicates with the body by explaining what the neuron is, how it functions, and what happens to that communication when neurological disorders occur.
Demonstrates how our senses gather information about the world around us. Perception is also covered in depth.
Illustrates how our consciousness and awareness vary throughout a typical day. It also explores the impact of circadian rhythms.
Discusses Pavlov's classical conditioning experiment and how it demonstrates the process of learning by an association or relationship.
Discusses observational learning. The cognitive process of learning is illustrated using B.F. Skinner's research.
Answers the question of "What is memory?" and explains how our sense of identity relies on memories of personal history and connections with the people around us.
Explores the fact that most animals have the ability to communicate, but only humans have language, symbols for objects, actions, ideas, and feelings.
Explores what intelligence means in different environments and cultures and discusses nature versus nurture and the history and biases of intelligence testing.
Offers an in-depth discussion of biological and social theories of motivation, intertwined with Bandura's presentation on the role of self-efficacy.
Asks the following questions: What are emotions? Are they learned or are they innate? Are they expressed in the same way throughout most cultures?
Provides an overview of Piaget's four stages of cognitive development.
Explains the significance of peer relationships and Kohlberg's moral development theory. Erikson's theory on human development and Kubler-Ross' five stages of dying and death complete the overview.
Explores the distinction between the terms sex and gender and describes the similarities and differences between men and women.
Explores the three major theories of personality-Freudian, humanistic, and social-cognitive perspective–by examining the life of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
Looks at the ways we can evaluate and assess the many parts of our individual personalities.
Focuses on how people form impressions of others and how people's behavior is affected by attitudes.
Analyzes the formation of attitudes and how they can be turned into prejudice. It also explores ways to prevent prejudice and how to appreciate individual and group diversity.
Influence explains individuality, group behavior, and deindividuation.
Chronicles a breast cancer survivor who employs successful coping strategies to aid in maintaining good health in stressful situations.
Presents research on obsessive/compulsive disorders, and examines the daily lives of patients with these disorders.
Examines schizophrenia, its symptoms, and types. It asks the question: Can some people who suffer from this disease live a relatively normal life?
Examines four different styles of therapy treatment for mental disorders and discusses the role of each style of therapy.
Concludes the series by examining how psychology can be applied to all areas of our lives.
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