Discovering Psychology video series

Philip ZimbardoThere’s a series of documentaries on the internet that gives a nice overview of the field of psychology. It is hosted by Philip Zimbardo, famous for, among other things, his role in the Stanford prison experiment, and more recently for being the author of the book The Lucifer Effect.

The series is described as follows on the site where it can be viewed (most episodes are also available through Google Video):

The Discovering Psychology telecourse and educational video series first premiered in 1990 as a visual resource for teaching introductory psychology. The 26 video programs review the history of the field, including the work of early and contemporary theorists, practitioners, and researchers, illustrating their work with footage of classic experiments and modern studies. They tell the story of psychology through demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation all based on extensive investigation and superior scholarship. (…) The Updated Edition, released in 2001, highlights major new developments in the field, and new areas of inquiry by the leading researchers.

Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition enables students, as well as general viewers, to learn psychology’s history, observe psychology in practice, and better understand its relevance to their own lives.

The first introductory episode (Past, Present and Promise) is embedded below:

Past, Present, and Promise is the first program in the Discovering Psychology series. It provides an introduction to and overview of psychology, from its origins in the nineteenth century to current study of the brain’s biochemistry. You’ll explore the development of psychology in general and some of the paths scientists take to determine relationships among the mind, the brain, and behavior.
The other episodes are:
  1. Understanding Research
  2. The Behaving Brain
  3. The Responsive Brain
  4. The Developing Child
  5. Language Development
  6. Sensation and Perception
  7. Learning
  8. Remembering and Forgetting
  9. Cognitive Processes
  10. Judgement and Decision Making
  11. Motivation and Emotion
  12. The Mind Awake and Asleep
  13. The Mind Hidden and Divided
  1. The Self
  2. Testing and Intelligence
  3. Sex and Gender
  4. Maturing and Aging
  5. The Power of the Situation
  6. Constructing Social Reality
  7. Psychopathology
  8. Psychotherapy
  9. Health, Mind, and Behavior
  10. Applying Psychology in Life
  11. Cognitive Neuroscience
  12. Cultural Psychology

You can find regular viewpoints/contributions from Zimbardo, Banaji, and others over at The Situationist blog.

One thought on “Discovering Psychology video series”

  1. Hi,

    a very interesting post. I am very interested in watching some of these videos. Alas, these cannot be seen from my country in the site and some of hem cannot be found so easily.

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