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Explores such fundamental questions as “What is the mind?” and “What is the relationship between the mind and the brain?” Summarizes various views on the brain/mind connection. (This module sets the stage for the remaining 34 modules.)
Describes what goes on during hypnosis and looks at states of consciousness, hypnosis as a phenomenon, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis in treating arthritis.
Explores a number of areas presented in general psychology, including biological bases of behavior, experimental control, health, and mind/body relationships.
Looks at mind/body interactions and their relationships to disease and the immune system.
Provides diagrammatic action graphics of neural networks, synaptic junctions, and neurotransmitter sites. Also touches on topics of consciousness, drug addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and nerve functioning.
Explores biological motivation and addictive behavior, and takes the viewer through scientists’ work on brain stimulation.
Explains the importance of the frontal lobe in human functioning, and covers brain function, diagnostic assessment, cognitive function, evolution, and comparative behavior.
Demonstrates learning as an active process and shows the PET scan as an effective method of measuring brain function.
Explores perception, the study of unconscious processes, and research methodologies. Provides a good example of the impact Freud has had on psychology and how it is possible to test some of his hypotheses in the laboratory.
Raises many questions about the nature of memory and its importance to human existence. Introduces the viewer to Clive Wearing, who is incapable of making new memories due to viral encephalitis.
Presents an extraordinary example of the relationship between brain damage and memory function by reintroducing the viewer to Clive Wearing 13 years after his appearance in part one.
Discusses the biological basis of behavior by illustrating case studies of humans affected by radiation contamination, alcohol, and drugs.
Covers infant development and the capacities of the newborn.
Illustrates two ways of studying infant behavior: brain activity and visual fixation.
Covers infant social/cognitive development and the emergence of self.
Explores how the study of identical twins can help determine how factors such as lifestyle and diet may contribute to individual differences in the aging process.
Illustrates how a common form of forgetting involving future intentions can be studied in the laboratory, and presents a new way of studying age differences via memory.
Introduces Dr. William Greenough’s expanded studies on the effects of mental and physical activity on the aging brain and mind.
Provides a clear demonstration of how the advent of new technologies has aided research into the etiology of disease.
Presents a vivid example of phantom limb pain and raises important questions about the origin of the pain.
Studies chronic pain and examines physical and psychological approaches to treatment.
Shows what happens biochemically in alcohol and drug addiction; deals with states of consciousness, addiction, and alcohol-related abnormal behaviors.
Demonstrates how infants can discriminate between subtle sound differences; focuses largely on infant speech development.
Deals with language, development, and research methodology; provides a good demonstration of human sound recognition abilities.
Explores how sign language is processed; discusses hemispheric specialization, language acquisition, the nature of language formation, and methodology.
Illustrates the capabilities of the fMRI, one of the latest technologies used by scientists to investigate brain functions.
Examines animal communication, the linguistic abilities of chimpanzees, and comparative cognitive behavior.
Relates to language development, the nature versus nature debate, and cultural influences on behavior.
Deals with alcoholism, addiction, biological evidence for hereditary traits, and how science progresses through replication and the development of new technologies.
Provides an example of how drug therapies incorporate the results of research on several levels of behavior, and shows how patients learn to deal with environmental triggers for cravings.
Presents vivid examples of the mood fluctuations of patients who suffer from periodic affective episodes.
Illustrates the findings of a 10-year study that involved 12,000 volunteers in an Amish community and represents careful analysis of genetic factors related to manic-depressive disorders.
Shows the effectiveness of combining drug therapies with traditional psychotherapy.
Provides a clear and dramatic presentation of the process and some of the effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Presents the definition of and specific behaviors related to psychopathy, and the ongoing research on this subject.