Series: Health and Science
The first episode 'Why Study Psychology?' introduces psychology as a science of behaviour and mental processes. It explains how understanding why we think and act as we do enhances our lives. The second episode 'Research Methods' provides an overview of observational and descriptive research by illustrating how the scientific method is used to study the relationship between violent video games and aggression. The third episode 'The Nervous System' provides learning about the components of the nervous system and the methods used for studying the brain through the story of a hemispherectomy patient. Show Less
The first episode 'The Neuron and Neural Transmission' illustrates how the brain communicates with the body by explaining what the neuron is, how it functions, and what happens to that communication when neurological disorders occur. The second episode 'Sensation and Perception' demonstrates how our senses gather information about the world around us. Perception is also covered in depth. The third episode 'Consciousness' illustrates how our consciousness and awareness vary throughout a typical day. It also explores the impact of circadian rhythms. Show Less
The first episode 'Classical and Operant Conditioning' discusses Pavlov's classical conditioning experiment and how it demonstrates the process of learning by an association or relationship. The second episode 'Learning: Observational and Cognitive Approaches' discusses observational learning. The cognitive process of learning is illustrated using B. F. Skinner's research. The third episode 'Memory' answers the question of "what is memory?" and explains how our sense of identity relies on memories of personal history and connections with the people around us. Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Marissa Peer about how body image issues which manifest psychologically can be treated using hypnotherapy.
The first episode 'Language and Cognition' explores the fact that most animals have the ability to communicate, but only humans have language, symbols for objects, actions, ideas, and feelings. The second episode 'Intelligence' explores what intelligence means in different environments and cultures and discusses nature versus nurture and the history and biases of intelligence testing. The third episode 'Motivation' offers an in-depth discussion of biological and social theories of motivation, intertwined with Bandura's presentation on the role of self-efficacy. Show Less
It doesn't take long to forge some great new habits like raising your food IQ. In this exciting programme, reality TV meets the new dietary guidelines as keen teen Lexi takes the four week challenge to change her life for the better. Working with registered dietitian Christina Meyer-Jax, Lexi accepts a new challenge each week including how to eat in a balanced way, move more, eat more good stuff, and eat less bad stuff. This is a fun and inspiring way to introduce good health practices into the lives of young people, and introduce them to the key concepts behind sensible diet and effective exercise. Show Less
The first episode 'Emotions' asks the following questions: What are emotions? Are they learned or are they innate? Are they expressed in the same way throughout most cultures? The second episode 'Infant and Child Development' provides an overview of Piaget's four stages of cognitive development. The third episode 'Adolescent and Adult Development' explains the significance of peer relationships and Kohlberg's moral development theory. Erikson's theory on human development and Kübler-Ross' five stages of dying and death complete the overview. Show Less
The first episode 'Gender and Sexuality' explores the distinction between the terms sex and gender and describes the similarities and differences between men and women. The second episode 'Personality Theories' explores the three major theories of personality - Freudian, humanistic, and social-cognitive perspective - by examining the life of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The third episode 'Personality Traits and Assessment' looks at the ways we can evaluate and assess the many parts of our individual personalities. Show Less
The first episode 'Social Cognition' focuses on how people form impressions of others and how people's behaviour is affected by attitudes. The second episode 'Attitudes' analyses the formation of attitudes and how they can be turned into prejudice. It also explores ways to prevent prejudice and how to appreciate individual and group diversity. The third episode 'Group Influence' explains individuality, group behaviour, and de-individuation. Show Less
The first episode 'Stress, Health and Coping' chronicles a breast cancer survivor who employs successful coping strategies to aid in maintaining good health in stressful situations. The second episode 'Understanding Psychological Disorders Part 1' presents research on obsessive/compulsive disorders, and examines the daily lives of patients with these disorders. The third episode 'Understanding Psychological Disorders Part 2' examines schizophrenia, its symptoms, and types. It asks the question: Can some people who suffer from this disease live a relatively normal life? Show Less
The first episode 'Therapies' examines four different styles of therapy treatment for mental disorders and discusses the role of each style of therapy. The second episode 'Personality Traits and Assessment' looks at the ways we can evaluate and assess the many parts of our individual personalities. The third episode 'Making Psychology Part of Your Life' concludes the series by examining how psychology can be applied to all areas of our lives. Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Tom Cronin about how meditation can be used to aid in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression.
Of all the topics in psychology, there is none more vigorously debated than consciousness. In this lesson, researchers in neuroscience debate the mystery of consciousness and investigate the dimensions of awareness, circadian rhythms, as well as sleep and dreams. Sleep disorders are also discussed, including recent discoveries about narcolepsy, and the canines that suffer from this mysterious disorder. Show Less
Sport and the media – is sport over-represented, or appropriately represented in the media? Does media coverage of sport have a positive or negative influence on our physical activity levels? Television, radio, newspapers, internet - sport has permeated the Australian culture. Summer sees the mass coverage of The Australian Open and the Cricket, winter is AFL, the Olympics and the Commonwealth games. All of this coverage of sport both in Australia and overseas provides excellent exposure of sport and the benefits of physical activity. This extensive coverage by the media of sport is promoting positive fitness attitudes and providing young and old alike with role models. But what of the negative aspects of media and sport? Trim and terrific bodies, violence, limited coverage of women’s sports and minor sports. Is it about selling a brand or encouraging physical fitness? Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Carren Smith about her personal story about dealing with depression and anxiety.
Joanna Rushton talks to Dain Heer about how Access Consciousness can help to overcome Depression and Anxiety.
This programme familiarises students with the features of acids and bases, and discusses their physical and chemical properties. The pH scale is introduced with examples of strong and weak acids and bases and the concept of neutral substances is explored. The use of indicators to test the pH of acids and bases is explained, as well as showing the variety of indicators available and their specific uses. Students are shown how to make their own red cabbage indicator in the kitchen, and examples of acids and bases commonly found in the home are discussed. A description of neutralisation reactions and their products concludes the programme. Show Less
This programme identifies the criteria for having PTSD and examines how it can evolve into a more chronic condition. Learn about the challenges of this disorder and what you can do to help.
When the body exercises, acute responses occur in the cardiovascular system, and our presenter wants to know more as she does her workout. Drawing on the expertise of a CrossFit coach, a highly trained athlete and a sports scientist, she explores how the muscles’ demand for more oxygen is met by changes in the heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output and blood pressure. Show Less
During exercise, multiple acute responses occur in the body to deliver more oxygen to the muscles. With the assistance of her CrossFit coach, a trained athlete, and a sports scientist, our presenter takes us through some of these responses, including recruitment of slow and fast-twitch muscle fibres, arteriovenous oxygen difference, enzyme concentration and lactic acid build-up. Show Less
As our presenter undertakes some high intensity exercise with her CrossFit coach and a trained athlete to assist, she takes a close look at how the respiratory system responds. During the session, a sports scientist explains key areas such as tidal volume, respiratory rate, ventilation, diffusion of gases in the lungs, oxygen deficit, VO2 max and EPOC. Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Reed Davis about how a persons biochemistry plays a part in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression and other mental disorders.
Assisting in medication administration is an important and crucial role for the health care professional and carries significant responsibility. In fulfilling this role effectively and safely, the carer becomes a vital member of the health care team. This excellent programme introduces medication and looks at the five R's principle of medication administration, the routes of administration and the various techniques of administering different medications. Students and health care workers will gain insight into documenting the effects of medications, such as intended effects, side effects and allergic reactions. Show Less
The health of individuals and communities worldwide is affected by a complex combination of factors. Where we live, our environment, genetics, income, education level, and our personal relationships all influence our health. This insightful programme offers an overview of adult health and development, outlining the physical, social, emotional and intellectual stages of development we all experience. It illuminates the health status of adults, acknowledging gender differences and similarities and summarising the major determinants of health which affect societies worldwide. Throughout the programme, expert input from doctors is balanced with personal opinions from everyday adults at all three stages of development. Show Less
If you are a young person today, you are part of a generation that consumes more media than any previous generation. So how does it affect you? Are you likely to be violent, a smoker, drink more, eat more or eat less? This thought-provoking programe looks at the way the media tries to manipulate you and change your behaviour and how you can fight back to be your own person! Show Less