Criminal (or Offender) Profiling is an area that’s currently capturing the public imagination once more in TV shows like Mindhunter and Criminal Minds. But what’s the reality behind the hype? This film introduces students to a range of ideas and issues, from defining different types of criminal profiling, through outlining what profilers do to perhaps the most important question of all: Does profiling work? The film features contributions from leading contemporary UK profilers and psychologists - including Professors David Wilson and Craig Jackson - and uses a number of famous British and American case studies and examine different approaches to Criminal Profiling. Show Less
This haunting film provides a brilliant summary of one of the most infamous experiments ever conducted in psychology, looking at its origins, methods, quite extraordinary findings and its lasting impact on psychiatry.
Starting at a new school is one of the biggest changes a young person can face and, understandably, it can bring with it many anxious thoughts and feelings. Looking specifically at practical strategies to manage their emotions and behaviours in this period of transition, this programme is an invaluable tool for students making the leap from Primary to Secondary school, or switching to a new school at any time during their schooling years. Show Less
How and when we experience anxiety is as individual as we are. The ways that we cope with and manage it are different too. This programme provides students with an introduction to anxiety, what it might look and feel like, and some of the useful methods to calm it when it strikes. Combining animation and the metaphor of various circus acts, students will come away with a clearer understanding of this complex emotional state. Show Less
Nerves before a big test can be productive. But when nervous energy grows into an overwhelming anxiety, exam performance can suffer, just as the negative feelings and self-talk have convinced you it will. Important viewing for students ahead of an exam, performance or competition, this programme presents some useful ways to overcome the often-debilitating feelings of pressure, dread and stress so that they can focus on doing their best when the big day arrives. Show Less
Students can read about the causes of depression and the therapies for its treatment. But what's it actually like to suffer from depression? This short film looks at one woman's experience of depression: the fatigue, the feeling of being trapped, and the continual voices in her head telling her to end her life. Show Less
As a species, we have been getting larger and in some Western societies obesity is now at epidemic levels. So why are we doing so much damage to ourselves, our health services and our planet? Is it mainly due to nurture, the environment? Or is it more to do with nature, our biology? In this programme, featuring contributions from Dr Clare Llewellyn and Dr Giles Yeo, we consider the evidence for nurture vs nature. Show Less
Jirtle and Waterland’s Agouti Mouse Study has been called one of the most important pieces of research in the 21st century and this film explores both it’s substance and significance for the Nature-Nurture debate in psychology and sociology. The film, featuring extensive contributions from Randy Jirtle and original film laboratory film from the Agouti study, looks at the context of the study, the experiment itself, reactions to the study, and it's implications. Show Less
Although the idea of variables can seem dull and uninspiring, they're important because they're everywhere in psychology. This video defines the concept of variables, identify and describe different types of variables, relate variables to research methods and results, and show how variables influence reliability and validity. Show Less
This video develops the concept of socially-senstive research in terms of three key ideas: should the research be done, how findings can be used, and how findings should be communicated.
One of the main ways psychologists operationalise behavioural questions is through experimental methods and this film explores and evaluates three dimensions of this process: laboratory, field and natural experiments. Each method is illustrated using a mix of classic and contemporary psychological studies (Bandura, Hofling, Piliavin, McGuire, Loftus etc). Show Less
This programme uses a real world example (the relationship between learning and time of day) to explore thee different types of experimental design: repeated measures, independent measures, and matched pairs. The film explores their respective strengths and weaknesses as each design is applied to the learning example. Show Less
"Nature or Nurture?” is a long-running debate in psychology, one heavily-influenced by developments in genetics and a rise in the popular belief that "dna is destiny”: the idea human behaviour is broadly is determined by a "good” or a "bad” roll of the genetic dice. This programme, featuring contributions from Dr Nessa Carey and Dr Guy Sutton, goes "Beyond Genetics” to explore recent developments in the field of epigenetics that show the way genes actually work is shaped by environmental influences – a development that introduces a new and exciting dimension to the debate. Show Less
This three-part film looks at how statistical data is collected, compared and explained through an examination of three key areas in this process - sampling, correlation and causation - presented as self-contained films that link into an overall assessment of the nature of statistical data in psychological research. Show Less
This short video identifies and explains the key ideas and areas that are examined regarding correlation. These are positive and negative correlations, correlation co-efficients, correlation and causation, and ethics and socially-sensitive research.
The changes that happen to humans in the first two decades of life are astonishing—from being helpless newborns to independent adults. The study of that journey—with its physical, intellectual, social, and emotional changes—is called child development theory. Theories in child development have changed the way that parents raise their children and the way teachers teach those children. Child Development Theorists is an entertaining and enlightening view of fifteen major child development theorists. Show Less
This programme begins by defining stress and its causes. Types of stressors like daily life hassles and major life events, and the psychological responses of eustress and distress are explored. The second half of the programme looks closely at the Transactional Model of Stress and Coping (Lazarus and Folkman) and how cognitive appraisal of experiences – how we perceive a situation – impacts stress. Show Less
We all feel stress: a response to demands that exceed our ability to cope. It’s not only psychological – biology plays a major role in the stress response. This programme details the immediate physiological processes of fight or flight responses, as well as the stages of General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS). The negative effects of prolonged stress on the body are also explored. Show Less
Psychologists have studied the cognitive and emotional strategies we use to cope with stress for decades. This programme explores the benefits and costs of two widely recognised strategies: avoidance and approach. Additional strategies of social support, exercise, drug therapy and biofeedback are also discussed. Show Less
WARNING: The content of this programme may be hurtful or offensive to some viewers. Teachers are advised to view the programme and use their discretion to determine the suitability of the programme for their students. This programme - featuring extensive contributions from Professors Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher - looks at the origins of Stanley Milgram's ground-breaking research into the nightmare of the Holocaust and the subsequent trial of Adolph Eichmann. This is followed by an examination of the research itself - the participants, methodology and findings - with a focus on variations in obedience, the agentic state explanation and its critique. The programme then applies Haslam and Reicher's re-interpretation of Milgram's findings through the concept of social identity. Show Less
This short video uses a real-world example—collecting data about education—to illustrate and explain how and why psychologists use self-report methods. The video looks at questionnaire design, the uses and limitations of different types of questionnaires, and the uses and limitations of different types of interviews. Show Less
Explaining how and why psychological research is "useful" is a question many students struggle to demonstrate in a coherent way. This short film, based around a range of classic and contemporary studies, looks at how psychological research is useful to both psychology and society as a whole. Show Less
This video uses some classic psychological studies (Loftus, Maguire, Baron-Cohen, and Zimbardo) to illustrate a range of sampling issues. It looks at definitions, representativeness and generalisability, types of sampling, random sampling and allocation, and the strengths and limitations of different sampling types. Show Less
This video outlines some key aspects of the important methodological concepts of reliability and validity through a range of real-world examples. It looks at internal and external reliability, standardisation and re-testing, internal and external validity, and different types of validity - such as face or concurrent validity. Show Less