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The Becoming Years
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The Becoming Years
Adolescence to Older Adults
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The Magic of the Mind - The Story of Psychology
Psychology touches virtually every aspect of our lives. Many of its current themes can be traced back to questions that have confronted scholars throughout history. But today the study of…
Endless Questions - Critical Thinking and Research
It's our nature to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us. But finding answers requires more than intuition and common sense. This lesson asks the question, Does happiness…
The Most Amazing Machine: Neuroscience and Behavior
"Everything psychological, is ultimately biological," says author and researcher David Myers. This lesson plunges into the expanding field of neuroscience and the biology behind behavior, exploring how areas of the…
Codes of Life: Behavior Genetics
Mark Newman and Gerald Levey are identical twins, separated at birth. They share the same genes, but were raised by different parents in different environments. Studies of separated twins and…
Different Strokes: Nurture and Human Diversity
If genes are the canvass, is environment the brush that strokes the color and detail of who we are? This lesson surveys the nurture portion of the human equation by…
The Growing Years: Conception to Childhood
With the microscopic union of sperm and egg, the delicate process of human development begins. From conception to infancy and childhood, this lesson examines the physical, cognitive, and social changes…
The Becoming Years - Adolescence to Older Adults
While adolescence is the time we form identity and establish independence, the adult years are marked by important life events, and an expansion of the self. Gerontologist James Birren and…
Connections: Sensation
A solitary figure walks on the beach at dawn. Although he is alert to his surroundings, his sensory systems take in only a fraction of the energy that envelops him.…
Interpretations: Perception
To construct the outside world inside our heads requires us to select, organize, and interpret sensations, transforming them into perceptions that create meaning. With sensory overload, what slips through to…
A Great Mystery: States of Consciousness
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…
The Learning Machine: Learning
With neurons in the brain continually associating one event with another, it's no wonder neuroscientist Michael Merzenich describes what's in our head as "a learning machine." This lesson delves into…
The Mind's Storehouse: Memory
Is memory reliable? Why is it that we remember where we were on 9/11, but not the day before? These questions and others are tackled by leading memory researchers who…
Thinking and Language
The most concrete evidence of our ability to think is our use of language. This lesson explores both topics. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman discusses his research in cognitive psychology, and…
The Search for Intelligence: Intelligence
What is intelligence? Can the standardized exams of today actually measure it? This lesson presents several theories of intelligence, often examined by the researchers who created them. Topics include triarchic…
In the Driver's Seat: Motivation
Our desire to lose weight is often no match for the pull of a cheeseburger. It's no wonder our minds and appetites are in a constant battle for the driver's…
Emotion
Emotions chart the landscape of life--the highs, the lows, and the periods in between. Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner, Bob Levenson, and others pre-eminent in the field examine the distinguishing characteristics…
Stressed to the Limit: Stress and Health
If a stressful day can make us sick, how does stress get under the skin? This lesson seeks answers, exploring various topics of health psychology, including the fight-or-flight response, lymphocytes,…
The Enduring Self: Personality
The classroom avenger on a deadly rampage, couples who discover their incompatibility after marriage, recruiters seeking applicants with a rare combination of traits--all reflect the range of issues that fall…
Out of Balance: Anxiety and Personality Disorders
Samuel Barondes, author of Better Than Prozac characterizes psychological disorders as "exaggerations of what we all experience." But these disorders that fill hundreds of pages in the American Psychiatric Association's…
Going to Extremes - Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia
David Myers refers to depression as the "common cold of psychological disorders." This episode looks at the two major categories of mood disorders--depression and bipolar disorder--and at the cluster of…
Getting It Together: Therapy
Until recent decades, little was known about how to treat psychological disorders. People who were seriously disturbed were hidden away or confined to institutions, and treated in ways that look…
People to People: Social Psychology
People interacting with people, individually and in groups, as friends or sometimes foes is a fascinating, never-ending source of study material for social psychologists. This episode explores social thinking, social…

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