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