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1.

Past, Present, and Promise

This introduction presents psychology as a science at the crossroads of many fields of knowledge, from philosophy and anthropology to biochemistry and artificial intelligence. With Dr. Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University and Dr. Emanuel Donchin of the University of Illinois.
Online
2016; 2001
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Understanding Research

This program examines the scientific method and the ways in which data are collected and analyzed- in the lab and in the field- with an emphasis on sharpening critical thinking in the interpretation of research findings. With Dr. Christina Maslach of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Daryl Bem of Cornell University.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Behaving Brain

This program discusses the structure and composition of the brain: how neurons function, how information is collected and transmitted, and how chemical reactions determine every thought, feeling, and action. With Dr. John Gabrieli of Stanford University and Dr. Mieke Verfaellie of Veterans Medical Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Responsive Brain

How the brain controls behavior and conversely, how behavior and environment influence the brain's structure and functioning are the focus of this program. With Dr. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Russell Fernald of Stanford University.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Developing Child

This program traces the nature vs. nurture debate, revealing how developmental psychologists study the contributions of both heredity and environment to child development. Featured are Dr. Renee Baillargeon of the University of Illinois and Dr. Judy De Loache of the University of Illinois.
Online
2016; 2001
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Language Development

The development of language has many facets to explore. This program looks at how developmental psychologists investigate the human mind, society, and culture by studying children's use of language in social communication. With Dr. Jean Berko-Gleason of Boston University and Dr. Ann Fernald of Stanford University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Sensation and Perception

This program demonstrates how visual information is gathered and processed, and how our culture, previous experiences, and interests influence our perceptions. With Dr. David Hubel of Harvard University and Dr. Misha Pavel of the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology.
Online
2016; 2001
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Learning

Prominent researchers- Pavlov, Thorndike, Watson, and Skinner- have greatly influenced today's thinking about how learning takes place. This program examines the basic principles of classical and operant conditioning elaborated by these renowned figures. With Dr. Howard Rachlin of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Dr. Robert Ader of the University of Rochester.
Online
2016; 2001
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Remembering and Forgetting

This program looks at the complex process called memory: how images, ideas, language, and even physical actions, sounds, and smells are translated into codes, represented in the memory and retrieved when needed. With Dr. Richard Thompson of the University of Southern California and Dr. Diana Woodruff-Pak of Temple University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Cognitive Processes

This program is an exploration into the higher mental processes- reasoning, planning, and problem solving- and why the "cognitive revolution" is attracting such diverse investigators from philosophers to computer scientists. With Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University and Dr. Michael Posner of the University of Oregon.
Online
2016; 2001
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Judgement and Decision Making

Exceedingly complex processes are involved in the making of judgments and decisions. This program examines how and why people make good and bad judgments, and the psychology of taking risks. Featured are Dr. Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University and the late Dr. Irving Janis of Yale University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Motivation and Emotion

This program reviews what researchers are discovering about why we act and feel as we do, from the exhilaration of love to the agony of failure. With Dr. Norman Adler of Yeshiva University and Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Mind Awake and Asleep

Our varying levels of consciousness empower us to interpret, analyze, and direct our behavior in flexible ways. The nature of sleeping, dreaming, and altered states of consciousness are explored in this program. With Dr. Ernest Hartman, formerly of Tufts University, and Dr. Robert McCarley of Harvard Medical School.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Mind Hidden and Divided

This program shows how experiences that take place below the level of consciousness alter our moods, bias our actions, and affect our health- as demonstrated in repression, discovered and false memory syndromes, hypnosis, and split-brain cases. With Dr. Jonathan Schooler of the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Michael Gazzaniga of Dartmouth College.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Self

Psychologists systematically study the origins of self-identity and self-esteem, the social determinants of self-conceptions, and the emotional and motivational consequences of beliefs about oneself. This program explores their methods of discovery. With Dr. Hazel Markus of Stanford University and Dr. Teresa Amabile of Harvard University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Testing and Intelligence

This program peers into the field of psychological assessment- the efforts of psychologists and other professionals to assign values to different abilities, behaviors, and personalities. With Dr. Claude Steele of Stanford University and Dr. Robert Sternberg of Yale University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Sex and Gender

This program explores the ways in which males and females are similar and different, and how gender roles reflect social values and psychological knowledge. With Dr. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Eleanor Maccoby of Stanford University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Maturing and Aging

What really happens, physically and psychologically, as we age? This program looks at how society reacts to the last stages of life. With Dr. Laura Carstensen of Stanford University and Dr. Sherry Willis of Penn State University.
Online
2016; 2001
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The Power of the Situation

This program examines how our beliefs and behavior can be influenced and manipulated by other people and subtle situational forces, and how social psychologists study human behavior within its broader social context. With Dr. Ellen Langer of Harvard University and Dr. Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University.
Online
2016; 2001
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Constructing Social Reality

Many factors contribute to our interpretation of reality. This program demonstrates how understanding the psychological processes that govern our behavior may help us to become more empathetic and independent members of society. With Steven Hassan, M.Ed., of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center and Dr. Robert Cialdini of Arizona State University.
Online
2016; 2001