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To Defend a Killer [electronic resource]

A panel of American jurists and a philosopher discuss the ethics of criminal justice. The panelists discuss whether lawyers should defend people whom they they know to be guilty and how aggressive should the defense be. They also discuss where to draw the line when it comes to citizens taking matters into their own hands, deterrence versus rehabilitation, and society's right to retribution. Includes commentary by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, defense attorney Jack Litman, and philosopher John Smith of Yale.

Loftus Speaks [electronic resource]: The Malleability of Memory

A highly regarded expert on memory's malleability - and a lightning rod for controversy - Elizabeth Loftus has proved that people can become subject to false memory, with major implications for matters involving eyewitness testimony and repressed recollections. In this lecture, Loftus details her research on the malleability of memory. Topics include memory paradigms; memory distortion, as demonstrated by an incident involving Hillary Clinton; growing evidence of criminal convictions that were based on false memories; repressed memory accusations and implanted memories, as demonstrated by the landmark case Ramona v. Isabella; induced memory and misinformation studies; the creation of false memories, as demonstrated by Loftus's Lost in the Mall Experiment; how psychotherapy techniques [...]

Prescription [electronic resource]: Suicide?

Weaving together six stories of real families and real experiences, this program looks at the tragic impact that antidepressant drugs can have on children, teenagers, and their loved ones. The film also considers wider aspects of the ongoing controversy regarding the prescription, administration, and use of these so-called revolutionary medications - asking whether or not physicians and drug manufacturers have adequately studied the risks that newly developed antidepressants pose to the emotional stability of young patients. Through the testimony of people on the front lines, viewers are given an opportunity to study the potential disparity between Big Pharma's interests and those of an extremely vulnerable demographic.

Emotions [electronic resource]

Where do emotions come from, and why do we experience them? Is there a connection between reason and emotion? In this program, host Michael Mosley uses vintage footage and his own willingness to be a test subject to review classic and sometimes disturbing experiments on the nature of fear, love, and empathy. The discussion includes John B. Watson's tests on 9-month-old "Little Albert," in which the infant was conditioned to feel fear; António Damásio's findings on gambling, logic, and decision-making; and the work that Harry Harlow did with monkeys and their surrogate mothers that helped change thinking about the value of cuddling a newborn baby.

Mind Control [electronic resource]

In this program, host Michael Mosley provides an illustrated history of some of the most notorious psychology experiments ever conducted in science's attempt to explore behavior, brainwashing, and free will. The survey includes Ivan Pavlov, his famous dogs, and his less-famous test trials on children; the CIA's MK-ULTRA project, in which LSD was given to unsuspecting test subjects; and Robert Heath's experimental psychosurgery on African-American subjects. Mosley also talks with B. F. Skinner's daughter; a man who participated in Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments; and a survivor of William Sargant's electroshock therapy. Under the guidance of controversial psychiatrist David Nutt, Mosley even ingests psilocybin to explore its potential in treating mental illness.

Broken Brains [electronic resource]

Head injury, epilepsy, experimental surgery gone wrong - in this program, host Michael Mosley provides evidence that these medical misfortunes have helped break new ground in understanding how healthy brains work. Examples include HM, the victim of a botched lobotomy that left him unable to form new memories, but whose subsequent participation in studies significantly advanced knowledge of human memory; Paul Broca's identification of a speech production area in the frontal lobes, illustrated by a visit to the Musée Dupuytren, where the brains of his patients are still preserved; and the case of a split-brain operation that cured epilepsy, but with an unforeseen result: the patient's left hand seemed to have a mind of its own.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Inge Missmahl, Bringing Peace to the Minds of Afghanistan

When Jungian analyst Inge Missmahl visited Afghanistan, she saw the inner wounds of war - widespread trauma, despair, and depression. And yet, in this county of 30 million people, there were only two dozen psychiatrists. In this TEDTalk, Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial therapy and counseling. In doing so, she hopes to overcome decades of conflict and insecurity by promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.