Psychology

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Beyond Genetics

"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 3-part film, 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.

23 minutes approx. | £25.00 | How to Order

Beyond Milgram: Obedience and Identity

In this 3-part film:
1. Origins locates Milgram's research in the nightmare of the Jewish holocaust, the capture and trial of Adolph Eichmann and Arendt's "Banality of evil"
2. Research examines Milgram's participants, methodology and findings, with a focus on variations in obedience, the agentic state explanation and its critique.
3. Social identity moves the focus "Beyond Milgram' to Haslam and Reicher's re-interpretation of his findings.
20 minutes approx. | £25.00 | How to Order

Jim Fallon: Natural Born Killer?

Neuroscientist Jim Fallon uncovered the defining characteristics of the "serial killer brain", only to discover he too had the brain and genes of what he calls a 'really bad news character'. So why wasn't Fallon a killer? This film explores this question, illuminating the neurological and genetic bases of aggression, nature/nurture and epigenetics along the way and giving a new angle on the question of whether what happens in early childhood can send us towards deviance or conformity.

18 minutes approx. | £25.00 | How to Order

Maths in Psychology

6 short films, written and presented by Deb Gajic (The Polesworth School / Association of Teachers of Psychology), designed with the new Maths in A-Level Psychology requirements in mind. Each film takes students step-by-step through the process of calculating some classic psychological tests: Chi Square; Wlicoxen; Sign Test; Spearman's Rho; Probability; Mann-Whitney.

22 minutes approx. | £17.50 | How to Order

False Memory

Elizabeth Loftus' pioneering research on "false memories" made a crucial contribution to the "recovered memory" debate and this film, featuring original interview footage of Loftus, covers:

1. The George Franklin trial.

2. The "Lost in the Mall" technique, critical reception and further research.

3. Jane Doe and the deconstruction of guided imagination.

23 minutes approx. | £20.00 | How to Order

Issues in Psychology

Four films that begin with a research question and go on to unpick, clarify and illustrate the key issue raised. Guidance is given on important revision points and how to construct answers to 'issue questions' in psychology.
1. Ethics (5 minutes 30 seconds).
2. Socially Sensitive Research (6 minutes 30 seconds).
3. Usefulness of Research (6 minutes 30 seconds).
4. Ethnocentrism (8 minutes).
£17.50 How to Order

Psychology: Big Bundle

5 DVDs - at one low price - designed to help students revise key psychological issues, debates, concepts and research methods. The Big Bundle includes the following DVDs:
1. Issues in Psychology
2. Debates in Psychology
3. Core Concepts in Psychology
4. Non-Experimental Research Methods
5. Experimental Research Methods.
£75.00 How to Order

Debates in Psychology

Four films that start with the question around which the debate is centred and both sides of the argument are then clarified and illustrated with real research examples. Guidance in given on the key points of revision, structuring exam answers and going beyond "obvious answers".
1. Nature/Nurture (6 minutes 30 seconds).
2. Psychology and Science (5 minutes).
3. Situational Psychology (6 minutes 30 seconds).
4. Free Will and Determinism (6 minutes 30 seconds).
£17.50 How to Order

Core Concepts in Research

4 films designed to make some of the core concepts of psychological research more approachable and accessible to students. Each concept is illustrated by real research and its central importance to psychological research made clear. The films offer revision and exam advice throughout.
1. Reliability and Validity (7 minutes 15 seconds).
2. Sampling (7 minutes 30 seconds).
3. Reductionism (4 minutes 45 seconds).
4. Variables (6 minutes 10 seconds).
£17.50 How to Order

Experimental Research Methods

These films use illustrative case studies to clarify and consolidate the meaning of experimental methods, look at the ways psychologists design and carry out experiments and evaluate their comparative strengths and limitations.
1. Laboratory Experiments (5 minutes 45 seconds).
2. Field Experiments (7 minutes 5 seconds).
3. Natural Experiments (7 minutes 10 seconds).
4. Experimental Design (8 minutes 45 seconds).
£17.50 How to Order

Non-Experimental Research Methods

4 films designed to illustrate how psychologists study behaviour through non-experimental methods. Each method is explained, illustrated with key research examples and their strengths and limitations compared.
1. Naturalistic Observation (4 minutes 50 seconds).
2. Self-Report Methods (6 minutes).
3. Correlations (5 minutes 30 seconds).
4. Case Studies (6 minutes).
£17.50 How to Order

Behind the Statistics

Behind the Statistics consists of three short, self-contained, films designed to help students understand how statistical data are collected, compared and explained through an examination of three key issues in this process:
Sampling
Correlation
Experimental design

£17.50 How to Order

ON DEMAND

Psychology and Science

This free revision film shows you how to get to grips with the common, but deceptively complicated, examination question of whether or not Psychology can be considered a science. The film identifies the key characteristics of science and uses a range of classic and contemporary studies to show how psychology does – and doesn't – always measure up to the ideal.

 

5 minutes | Free

 

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Self-Report Methods

This short revision film uses a real-world example - how to collect data about your education - to illustrate and explain how and why psychologists use self-report methods. The film focuses on:

• questionnaire design

• the uses and limitations of different types of questionnaire

• the uses and limitations of different types of interview

• how to write successful exam answers.

6 minutes | How to Order

 

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Correlations

This short, free to view, film identifies and explains the key ideas and areas you need to revise for your psychology exams:
• positive and negative correlations
• correlation co-efficient
• correlation and causation
• examples: media and violence
• ethics and socially-sensitive research

6 minutes | How to Order

 

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Case Studies

Illustrated by the case of Susan "Genie" Wiley and a range of other, classic and contemporary studies, this film takes you through the essential ideas and skills needed to successfully answer exam questions on case studies. The film covers:

an overview of the "Genie" case
• a brief history of case study research
• the strengths and limitations of case studies
• exam checklist
6 minutes | How to Order

 

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Naturalistic Observation

Using examples drawn from contemporary studies (Rosenhan, Hartup, LaFrance and Mayo) this revision film takes you through the main areas you need to cover to produce successful exam answers. The films includes:

• types of naturalistic observation

• distinguishing field experiments and naturalistic observation

• evaluating naturalistic observation

• exam tips / checklist

5 minutes | How to Order

 

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Experimental Design

This short film uses a real world example (the relationship between learning and time of day) to explore 3 different types of experimental design:
• Repeated Measures
• Independent Measures
• Matched Pairs
The film explores their respective strengths and weaknesses as each design is applied to the learning example

5 minutes How to Order

 

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Laboratory Experiments

This tightly-focused revision film focuses on the key ideas and skills needed to successfully answer exam questions on laboratory experiments. The film covers key:

• definitions - experimental aim, method and environment
• concepts: dependent and independent variables
• examples: Bandura, Maguire, Stroop Effect
• evaluation: the strengths and limitations of this method

6 minutes | How to Order

 

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Natural Experiments

What are Natural Experiments?

How do they differ from Field or Laboratory experiments?

Are there different types?

What does this particular method give to psychologists that other research methods don't?

This short video examines these questions in the context of Costello et al's "Great Smokey Mountains Study" of the relationship between poverty, children's behaviour and mental health.

7 minutes | How to Order

 

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Field Experiments

This film uses a range of classic studies to take you through the key ideas and skills required to produce an excellent exam answer. The film covers:

• defining field experiments

• applications: Hofling, Piliavin, Fisher and Geiselman

• why psychologists use field experiments

• evaluation: the strengths and limitations of field experiments

 7 minutes | How to Order

 

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Non-Experimental Methods (4x4)

This on-line only compilation brings together four Psychology revision films in one great package for 48-hour rental:

• Naturalistic Observation

• Self-Report Methods

• Cases Studies

• Correlations

23 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Reliability and Validity

This free-to-view film outlines some key aspects of these important methodological concepts through a range of real-world examples:

• internal and external reliability

• standardisation and re-testing

• internal and external validity

• different types of validity (face, construct, etc).

7 minutes | How to Order

 

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Reductionism

Based around the example of obesity, this film outlines the key ideas underpinning the concept of reductionism. It covers:

• defining reductionism

• the principle of scientific parsimony

• reductionist approaches - strengths and limitations

• holistic approaches - strengths and limitations

• revising reductionism - tips and tricks

5 minutes How to Order

 

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Variables

Although the idea of variables can seem dull and uninspiring, they're important because they're everywhere in psychology - and since they come up again and again in exam questions this short film shows you how to:

• define the concept of variables

• identify and describe different types of variable

• relate variables to research methods and results

• show how variables influence reliability and validity.

6 minutes | How to Order

 

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Sampling

This film uses some classic psychological studies (Loftus, Maguire, Baron-Cohen, Zimbardo) to illustrate a range of sampling issues:

• definitions (target and sample populations)

• representativeness and generalisability

• types of sampling (probability and non-probability)

• random sampling and random allocation

• the strengths and limitations of different sampling types

8 minutes How to Order

 

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Nature-Nurture

One of the major debates in psychology (and other social sciences) is the extent to which human behaviour is innate ("nature") or learnt ("nurture"). This film outlines the broad similarities and differences between these two approaches by framing the debate around overtly aggressive behaviour illustrated by two classic applications:
• Bandura's "BoBo doll" experiment
• Fallon's "serial killer" observations

7 minutes How to Order

 

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Free-Will and Determinism

We're faced with decisions everyday - what to wear, what to eat, how to behave - but are these decisions made freely by us or somehow determined for us? This short film takes you through the issues and questions raised by this debate and the film covers:
• key ideas related to free-will and determinism
• classifying different psychological approaches
• key features of Libet's experiment
• evaluating free-will and determinism
 6 minutes How to Order

 

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Situational Psychology

This film examines the difference between individual and situational psychological explanations for behaviour, using a range of classic studies (Zimbardo, Milgram, Latane and Darley) to illustrate, apply and evaluate situational approaches. The film covers:

• Individual and situational explanations for behaviour

• Stanford prison experiment and situational theory

• The Lucifer Effect

• Situational factors in aggression

7 minutes | How to Order

 

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Ethnocentrism

This free-to-view film highlights a range of ideas and skills required for a good understanding of ethnocentrism. The film covers:

• how ethnocentrism is defined

• how ethnocentrism is socially constructed

• applying knowledge of researcher, conceptual and reporting bias

• evaluating the uses and limitations of ethnocentrism

8 minutes | How to Order

 

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Ethics

This film looks at the nature and significance of ethical guidelines to the research process, using examples drawn from the work of Milgram, Watson and Sharif. The film covers:

• what are ethics?

• ethical guidelines in psychology

• ethical issues in psychology.

6 minutes How to Order

 

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Usefulness

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, suggests how to structure a complete exam answer in terms of two main areas:

1. Usefulness to psychology

2. Usefulness to society

7 minutes How to Order

 

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Socially Sensitive Research

This film develops the concept of socially-sensitive research in terms of three key questions:

• Should the research be done?

• How should research findings be used?

• How should research findings be communicated?

7 minutes | How to Order

 

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False Memory

On-demand version of Elizabeth Loftus' pioneering research on "false memories" that made a crucial contribution to the "recovered memory" debate. This film, featuring original interview footage of Loftus, covers:

1. The George Franklin trial.

2. The "Lost in the Mall" technique, critical reception and further research.

3. Jane Doe and the deconstruction of guided imagination

23 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Maths in Psychology: Introduction

In this free film experienced Psychology teacher Deb Gajic (The Polesworth School / ATP) looks at some of the changes introduced in the new A-level Psychology Specification and their implications for students, teachers and schools - particularly in relation to application and  how this relates to the news Maths requirements.

4 minutes | Free

 

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Maths in Psychology

This On-demand version gives access to 6 short films, written and presented by Deb Gajic (The Polesworth School / Association of Teachers of Psychology), designed with the new Maths in A-Level Psychology requirements in mind. Each film takes students step-by-step through the process of calculating some classic psychological tests: Chi Square; Wlicoxen, Sign Test, Spearman's Rho; Probability; Mann-Whitney.

25 minutes approx. How to Order

 

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The Sign Test

In this short film Deb Gajic demonstrates how to calculate and apply the Sign Test to a contemporary psychological problem / hypothesis - the shaping of attitudes towards the death penalty.

3 minutes | How to Order

 

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Spearman's Rho

In this short film Deb Gajic demonstrates how to calculate and apply Spearman's Rho to a contemporary psychological problem / hypothesis - the correlation between self and peer-rated aggression.

5 minutes | How to Order

 

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Mann Whitney U Test

Deb Gajic shows you how to calculate and apply the Mann Whitney U Test to a contemporary psychological problem / hypothesis - will males score higher on an aggression questionnaire than females?

4 minutes | How to Order

 

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Wilcoxen Signed Ranks Test

Experienced Psychology teacher Deb Gajic shows you how to calculate and apply the Wilcoxen Signed Ranks Test to a contemporary psychological hypothesis - "Participants will score lower on a reaction test after consuming alcohol"

2 minutes How to Order

 

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Probability

In this short film Deb Gajic looks at the concept of probability - and how it can be applied in Psychology - through the concepts of:

• statistical significance

• Type 1 and Type 2 Errors

4 minutes How to Order

 

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Chi Square

Deb Gajic demonstrates how to calculate and apply Chi Square to a contemporary psychological context - Piaget's Conservation Experiment - using the experimental hypothesis "7 year olds will be more likely to be able to conserve than 5 year olds"

5 minutes How to Order

 

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Jim Fallon: Natural Born Killer?

Are serial killers literally different from the rest of us? And, if so, how? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon thought he'd uncovered the defining characteristics of the 'killer brain', only to discover that he too had the brain and genes of what he calls a 'really bad news character'. So why wasn't Fallon a killer? This film looks at Fallon's story to explore this question, illuminating the neurological and genetic bases of aggression, nature/nurture and epigenetics along the way and giving a new angle on the age-old question of whether what happens to us in early childhood can send us towards deviance or conformity...

18 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Beyond Milgram: Obedience and Identity

In this 3-part film:
1. Origins locates Milgram's research in the nightmare of the Jewish holocaust, the capture and trial of Adolph Eichmann and Arendt's "Banality of evil"
2. Research examines Milgram's participants, methodology and findings, with a focus on variations in obedience, the agentic state explanation and its critique.
3. Social identity moves the focus "Beyond Milgram" to Haslam and Reicher's re-interpretation of his findings.
20 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Key Issues in Psychological Research

This film explores some of the major issues surrounding psychological research in three key areas: Ethics, Socially Sensitive Research and Ethnocentrism

23 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Beyond Genetics

"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 3-part film, 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.

23 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Research Methods: Experimental

3 films that demonstrate how psychologists study behaviour using different types of experimental methods:
1. Laboratory Experiments
2. Field Experiments
3. Naturalistic Experiments.
Each method is outlined, illustrated by classic and contemporary research and considered in terms of their respective strengths and limitations.
19 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Research Methods: Non-Experimental

3 films that demonstrate how psychologists study behaviour using different types of non-experimental methods:
1. Naturalistic Observation
2. Self-Report Methods
3. Case Studies
Each method is outlined, illustrated by classic and contemporary research and considered in terms of their respective strengths and limitations.
16 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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Behind the Statistics

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.
19 minutes approx. | How to Order

 

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