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Emotionally Focused Therapy With Couples

Features psychologist Leslie S. Greenberg discussing and demonstrating his affect-centered approach to working with couples in need of counseling. In this session, Dr. Greenberg works with a couple in their 20s who have been married for 2 years and live with the female partner's family. During the session, the focus shifts from problems with her family to problems with the couple's relationship. By focusing on the couple's problems, Dr. Greenberg helps them to begin to reveal their underlying emotions to each other in order to change their negative interactional pattern.
Clemons (Stacks)


Psychologists discuss emotions: what they are, why we experience them, and how they are expressed.
Ivy (By Request)

The Secret Life of the Brain: Episode 4 the Adult Brain: To Think by Feeling [electronic resource]

Fourth in a five-part series that presents recent research on the brain. This episode looks at the adult brain. Explores the critical interplay between reason and emotion and what happens when the balance between the two brain regions that handle them goes awry. Because of a stroke, Marvin Bateman has lost his ability to connect with other people and has difficulty making decisions. Another man, Johny Cortez, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has panic attacks. Writer and psychologist Lauren Slater has been plagued with life-long depression, but believes that abuse suffered as a child made the condition worse.
2005; 2001

Motivation and Emotion [electronic resource]

Examines the biological and psychological aspects of motivation and emotion as seen in studies of sexual behavior and the power of optimistic beliefs. Includes commentary by Dr. Norman Adler of Yeshiva University and Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania.

Elevation, Inspiration, and Positive Emotions in Medical Settings

Jonathan D. Haidt, Ph. D. (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia) hypothesized the psychological evolution of humans' perceptions/experiences of "disgust" versus "elevation." Dr. Haidt described "core disgust" as involving food, animals, and body products; "animal remainder disgust" as involving sex, envelope violations (i.e. deviations from a notion of an ideal state), and death; and "social extensions of disgust" as entering the realms of the interpersonal and socio-moral dimensions. Hierarchy, solidarity and the polarities of pollution and purity were also discussed in relation to the concepts of experiencing a disgust response ("a blurring of the human/animal divide") or an emotional elevation (i.e. "a blurring of the human/God divide").
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Forgiveness After Medical Harm: Cultural Values and Ethical Perils

Nancy Beringer, Ph.D. (The Hastings Center and author of, "After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness," Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) described the kinds of forgiveness and conditions that can foster the event(s) of forgiveness. Dr. Berlinger differentiated between forgiveness as reconciliation and forgiveness as detachment, that is, the end of a debt. The psychology of forgiveness, forgiveness as process and communication, and self-forgivness (including special needs of physicians) were also addressed.
Health Sciences (Service Desk)

"What Do You Mean 'He's Dying'?": Mortality, the Goals of Medicine, and a Taxonomy of Serious Illness

Despite great progress in recent decades, caring for persons as they near the end of life remains problematic: physicians, nurses, and other clinicians often provide care that is wasteful, even harmful. Patients and families are dissatisfied with and sometimes traumatized by the way they're involved in end-of-life decisionmaking, while health professionals can feel backed into a corner, providing care they perceive as non-beneficial to a dying person, then experience moral distress and burnout as a result. In this Medical Center Hour, palliative care specialist Dr. Leslie Blackhall suggests that these difficulties may not simply signal communication problems, though health professionals and families do have a notoriously hard time having difficult conversations around prognosis and [...]
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Writing and Talking About Emotional Events: The Health Benefits of Narrative

James W. Pennebaker, Ph. D. (Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin Texas) discussed his research on determining the efficacy of narrative in relieving stress and promoting healing. Dr. Pennebaker studied word level and text analysis (LWIC) for the presence of positive emotional words and increases in cognitive word use and word pattern analysis (LSA) for the use of and shifts in the use of pronouns indicating social perspectives and changes in perception. David Morris, Ph. D. (University Professor, Department of English and Program of Humanities, University of Virginia) commented on Dr. Pennebaker's work and highlighted the importance of the "process" of writing narrative and the positive benefits of increasing learning in general by utilitizing this type o [...]
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Brothers and Sisters [electronic resource]: Sibling Relationships

Having analyzed thousands of people from history, Frank Sulloway-MIT professor and author of Birth Order Study and the best-selling Born to Rebel-concluded that birth order has more of an effect on personality than gender, race, nationality, or social class. This probing documentary, based on Brothers and Sisters by Joan Sauers, explores the emotional dynamics of the sibling bond. Set in Australia, groups of siblings divulge their love-hate feelings for each other as Dr. Sulloway comments on topics including siblicide in nature, competition, characteristic birth order differences, and environmental influences. For balance, an only child describes his experiences as well, providing additional insights.

Future Seems Closer Than the Past [electronic resource]

How we see the past and future could have an impact on our own happiness.

The Science of Love [electronic resource]

Scientists explain how love truly is a chemical reaction.

Neuromarketing [electronic resource]: Programming the Brain to Buy

More and more companies are turning to neuromarketing-a controversial practice that involves studying the human brain and how a consumer's neural pathways might respond to certain stimuli. It's based on the idea that 90 percent of the choices we make happen at a subconscious level. The goal is to bypass our higher reasoning and even our emotional judgment to sell more products. An obvious case study in neuromarketing comes from McDonald's. They developed a perfume which was subtly diffused in restaurants to increase brand association and boost sales. Proctor & Gamble also tried a similar trick. Sales of Ariel washing powder increased by 70 percent after an artificial perfume was placed under the lid. But is exploiting the way we're wired legitimate marketing, or is it closer to Orwel [...]

Inside the Banker's Brain [electronic resource]

Promoting growth and protecting the environment is a contradiction, says Chinese ambassador Chen Mingming, insisting that the opulent lifestyle of "people overseas" should figure into any assessment of his country's environmental policies. "Isn't it legitimate for the Chinese to seek the same quality of life? That means economic development." Others who support the government's approach to ecological problems also appear in this film, such as political observer Xie Chuntao-although he does acknowledge tangible policy splits within China's leadership and the difficulty of balancing environmental protection with the constant need for energy and raw materials. For a less ambivalent view, the film turns to activist Chen Faqing as he meets with angry suburbanites outside Hangzhou-a suppos [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Drug Use During Pregnancy [electronic resource]

Focusing on Native American populations, this program profiles an eight-year-old Apache boy who was born with FAS, showing how alcohol ingested by the mother crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of the fetus and describing common birth defects, learning disabilities, mental handicaps, and behavioral problems typically associated with the disorder. The program also examines babies born to cocaine-addicted mothers, illustrating how the drug affects the fetus and explaining that crack babies are at risk for low birth weight, impaired brain growth, and malformed kidneys and genitals.

Stress, Trauma, and the Brain [electronic resource]

How does the brain work, why does it break down, and how can it be healed? In section one of this intriguing program, doctors from Harvard Medical School and other eminent institutions study the chronic psychological stress of modern living in light of the innate fight-or-flight mechanism. In section two, a pioneer in brain imaging technology and experts from Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT describe revolutionary imaging techniques and their applications to brain tumor surgery and facial recognition research. In section three, a neurosurgeon, a neuropsychologist, and other medical professionals investigate brain trauma-"the silent epidemic"-by focusing on two cases: Pat LaFontaine, a hockey star permanently sidelined after his 6th concussion, and a survivor of a major car accident.

Life, Death, and Mistakes [electronic resource]

Dr. Kevin Fong investigates how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theater. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure- from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery safer.

The Emotional Brain [electronic resource]: An Introduction to Affective Neuroscience, With Brian Knutson, Ph.D.

Emotions deeply color individual human existence and shape all aspects of our interpersonal and intellectual experiences. In this program, animations and fMRI images introduce students to the sub-cortical emotional circuits in the brain and chemical processes that produce emotional responses and contribute to decision making and mental health. Live action sequences, both in laboratory and real-world situations, illustrate research on risk taking and provide intriguing examples of the factors involved in the interplay of affect and reason in making choices.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Joachim de Posada - Don't Eat the Marshmallow Yet

In this short TEDTalk from TED U, Joachim de Posada discusses a landmark experiment on delayed gratification. Can a child's future success be predicted by whether or not that child can exercise self-control? The presentation includes priceless footage of kids trying their hardest not to eat the proffered marshmallows. Speaker and leadership coach de Posada is also the author of How to Survive Among the Piranhas and Don't Eat the Marshmallow...Yet.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Nancy Etcoff - on the Surprising Science of Happiness

Evolutionary psychologist Nancy Etcoff is part of a vanguard of cognitive researchers who want to know what makes human beings feel content, and why we evolved with a preference for beautiful things. In this TEDTalk, Etcoff presents her findings on the nature of happiness, exposing results that surprise even while reinforcing common sense concepts (having flowers in the house really does make us happier). "Skewering the popular wisdom that beauty is a social construct, this Harvard psychologist argues that we ogle such features because they radiate the health our species needs to survive," says Time.

How to Be Happy [electronic resource]: Finding More Joy Through Happiness Training

Can happiness be taught? Modern science has done much to improve the human lot but has cast little light on how to achieve happiness. QED, with help from several experts in psychology, has developed a "course in happiness," which is designed to change deep-seated beliefs and attitudes and make it possible to find more joy in life. This program observes three volunteers, each with very different backgrounds and lifestyles, as they took QED's three-week course of instruction under the careful guidance of a psychologist. Will they feel any happier? The program provides the answer to this question as the three volunteers prepare to get on with their lives.