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261.

Exuberance

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison talks about the ten percent of the population who are exuberant. Although Dr. Jamison says she can't precisely define the term, she explains that those who are exuberant are risk-takers who are consistently energized and engaged by the world around them, even if they've been knocked down temporarily by some challenge or setback.
Online
2015; 2011
262.

Children and Violence

Dr. Ed McCabe, Chief of the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, acknowledges that it's very difficult to predict which children are going to commit violent acts, but adds that, ". . . when there are signs ahead of time, we need to recognize that maybe we need to try and get some help for those individuals."
Online
2015; 2011
263.

Psychology of Prejudice, the (Part Three)

Social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji continues her discussion of the Implicit Association Test (IAT). Dr. Banaji explains that the testing appears to have what she calls "predictive validity." In other words, it seems capable of predicting certain behaviors. "The stronger my bias on the IAT," Dr. Banaji states, talking about measuring one's attitudes towards members of another group, "...the less friendly I'm going to be...I think we have to begin to start to take seriously the idea that this indeed is us. It's just a side of us that we don't see and a side of us even more that we don't like."
Online
2015; 2011
264.

Psychology of Prejudice, the (Part Two)

Social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji continues her discussion of the Implicit Association Test (IAT). Dr. Banaji explains that when those who take the test learn that there are things in their minds that they don't necessarily want or like, they often try to explain away those results rather than accept them.
Online
2015; 2011
265.

Memory and Videotape Recorders

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus explains that, ". . . memory does not work like a tape recorder. We don't just record the event and play it back later the way a videotape might work." Instead, Dr. Loftus says, when we are exposed to new information or have conversations with other people, our memory can change or be distorted.
Online
2015; 2011
266.

Whatever! the Science of Teens: Mood

In this episode of Whatever! The Science of Teens, host Steve Cannane meets some teens with diverse backgrounds who are all known for a particular character trait: moodiness. Parents complain about how their perfectly sensible, lovable children turn into volatile, irrational adolescents seemingly overnight. The latest science shows that typical teenage negative moods aren’t only inevitable, but they are especially helpful and beneficial for growing up. However these opportunities also come at a cost. Being a teen is the most vulnerable time in our entire lifespan to develop a mental illness. About a quarter of Australian teens are suffering from mood disorders such as depression.
Online
2017; 2009
267.

Links Between Addictions

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, discusses the fact that, ". . . many different addictions tend to go together." He explains that, ". . . the probable reason is that there are certain personality configurations which lead to addiction to all sorts of substances, and...all of the different addictions actually have a genetic connection to one another."
Online
2015; 2011
268.

Sindrome de Down, Traducao Portugues (Portuguese Version): Just Like You

JUST LIKE YOU -- DOWN SYNDROME - explores the life, hopes, challenges and dreams of three kids living with Down syndrome. Elyssa, Rachel and Sam share personal stories to help viewers better understand their condition and why they wish to be treated just like you. Each of our stars has their own talents, characteristics, strengths and challenges. Down syndrome is just one part of who they are and this film identifies how to handle and accommodate differences while celebrating the many similarities our friends with Down syndrome have with their peers.
Online
2015; 2012
269.

Elder Abuse

Dr. Astrid Heger, Director of the Violence Intervention Program at L.A. County-USC Medical Center, talks about a project aimed at dealing with elder abuse and abuse of the dependent adult, including disabled or mentally retarded individuals.
Online
2015; 2011
270.

Schizophrenia and Medication

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Director of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA, talks about the use of anti-psychotic medications in the treatment of schizophrenia. He notes that such medications can help to dissolve hallucinations, as well as help to order thoughts and, "...bring the patient out of a negative symptom state."
Online
2015; 2011
271.

Organizing Emotions

Psychologist and author Paul Ekman explains that most people don't organize their emotions. What they sometimes do, however, is try to avoid certain situations which could give rise to specific emotions. Using himself as an example, Dr. Ekman talks about always striving to avoid being in situations in which an authoritarian male might have control over him.
Online
2015; 2011
272.

Society's Response to Suicide

Professor of psychiatry and author Kay Redfield Jamison explains that, ". . . society has a vested interest in keeping people from killing themselves." Dr. Jamison adds that it's important to ". . . make it easier for people to talk about depression, about anxiety, about eating disorders, about alcoholism, about drug abuse problems."
Online
2015; 2011
273.

Confidential

As many as one fifth of all students gets picked on and pushed around on a daily basis because they are different, strange or just vulnerable in some way. To these outsiders—kids that just don't fit in—going to school can be a nightmare that scars them for the rest of their lives. Hostess O'Ryan McKinney reviews some of the teen horror stories.
Online
2017; 2007
274.

Traumatic Amnesia and Massive Repression (Part Two)

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus continues her discussion of the traumatic amnesia case in which a mother was accused of having sexually abused her daughter years earlier. Dr. Loftus explains that she and her collaborator looked at the court records and read every single document. "There were, I think, thousands of pages," Dr. Loftus recalls, "...and we became pretty convinced that it was likely that...the accused mother in this case had been railroaded."
Online
2015; 2011
275.

Probability and Stereotypes

Nobel Prize winning professor of psychology Daniel Kahneman talks about intuitive responses, probability and stereotypes.
Online
2015; 2011
276.

Ethical Dilemmas and Research Studies

Experimental psychologist and author Elizabeth Loftus acknowledges that, ". . . psychology is full of studies that involve deception," but wonders if some research studies "cross a line."
Online
2015; 2011
277.

Addictive Personalities

Dean Hamer, Director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute, talks about so-called "addictive personalities." He explains that the term itself is probably a misnomer, because there is no single personality configuration which leads to addiction. However, Dr. Hamer adds, "...there are many individual personality traits which, taken together, can contribute to addiction."
Online
2015; 2011
278.

Firecracker

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"Firecracker is a bold and shocking true-to-life tale of murder in small town Kansas. Set against the stark beauty of Middle America, this astonishing story of abuse, suffering, and denial reveals dreams of escape. Meek, reclusive and talented Jimmy is emotionally imprisoned by his abusive, alcoholic older brother David - and fanatically religious mother Eleanor. With evil lurking in the shadows, the setting sun gives way to the blue evening and Jimmy finds escape in the neon glow of a traveling sideshow carnival. Sandra, billed as an 'oddity of nature, ' is the carnival's premier attraction. Yearning for a way our, Jimmy befriends Sandra, unaware that her imprisonment and degradation at the hands of Frank, the carnival owner, mirror his own. When David disappears, the metaphorical w [...]
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
279.

Introduction to Bullying for Elementary Schools

This engaging video introduces the topic of bullying and bullying prevention strategies using age-appropriate language and grade-specific concepts. A video for adults that describes what bullying is and how bullying prevention works is also included. This is an ideal component for schools using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Online
2019; 2010
280.

Introduction to Bullying for Middle Schools

This engaging video introduces the topic of bullying and bullying prevention strategies using age-appropriate language and grade-specific concepts. A video for adults that describes what bullying is and how bullying prevention works is also included. This is an ideal component for schools using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Online
2019; 2010