Psychology

"X" Marks the Spot

Scientific studies may make women's intuition less of a myth, suggesting now that women inherit the ability to decipher social situations from their fathers.

9/11 Backlash: Being Muslim in America

This DVD discusses Islam, explores the challenges facing Muslims trying to fit their religion into mainstream culture in the U.S., and considers struggles since September 11. It looks at such issues as Hollywood typecasting of Arabs as villains and features interviews with an ethnically and nationally diverse group of Muslims. Discovery Enterprises.

A Crime of Insanity

In 1994, Ralph Tortorici, a 26-year-old New York psychology student, took a college class hostage. A paranoid schizophrenic convinced the government had planted tracking devices in his body, he was charged with assault, kidnapping, and attempted murder. His mental illness was apparent, but not how the courts should deal with him. FRONTLINE examines the controversial case in interviews with his family, defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge.

A Deathly Silence

A Deathly Silence

This powerful film examines the intellectual attraction of suicide to a vulnerable teen and the catastrophic impact on his family. Campbell Bolton came from a high achieving, middle class family and had no background of drug abuse, violence or psychiatric illness. He was funny, charismatic and extremely intelligent. He ran away from home and was not heard from for 16 days before committing suicide.

A Diagnosed Boy

Lars is the father of 13-year-old Silas, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, and other developmental disorders. Despite sending his son to a specialized Denmark school that shields him from frustration and defeat, Lars is concerned that Silas is learning little. So when Lars learns of 91-year-old Israeli professor Reuven Feuerstein, who has worked with children with problems similar to Silas', he travels to Jerusalem to learn more.

A Few Mysteries We Can't Explain Yet

Close out the course with a look at a few other behavioral mysteries that remain difficult for scientists to explain--all of which are so common to everyday life that they probably don't seem mysterious at all: laughter, kissing, the creation and enjoyment of art, and consciousness.

A Great Mystery

Of all the topics in psychology, there is none more vigorously debated than consciousness. In this program, 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.

A History of Civil Rights in America

This set traces the history of civil rights in the U.S. and shows how the Declaration of Independence has, for over 200 years, served as a blueprint for laws that have prohibited racial discrimination. It examines the ways in which the U.S. has extended civil and legal rights and considers the struggles that brought about civil rights changes throughout history.

A History of Equal Rights in America

This set traces the progression of equal rights for such minority groups as African Americans, women, homosexuals, the underprivileged, and disabled men and women in the U.S. It emphasizes that at the founding of the country, equal rights were reserved for white male property owners and shows how other groups have attained important rights throughout history.

A History of Hispanic Achievement in America

This set traces the numerous contributions that Hispanics have made to the development and success of the U.S. It considers Hispanic military service, contributions to building infrastructure, and achievements in such fields as medicine, business, politics, and sports.

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