The fifth and final – at least for the time being as we concentrate on sociology and crime (of the filmic as opposed to “actually committing it” variety) – set of films in our marathon psycho upload looks at some key debates in psychology.

As ever, the films are designed as short, highly-focused, introductions to a topic, with the emphasis on outlining and explaining key ideas, applications and evaluations relevant to an a-level or ap psychology course of study.

The Ethics of Abortion 
7 minutes
The controversies surrounding abortion involve a clash between two fundamental rights: the rights of the unborn child, or foetus, and the rights of the mother.

This film begins with the storm created by the US case of Roe vs Wade and then provides students with an unbiased analysis of the ethical issues underlying demands for the criminalisation and the legalisation of abortion.

Free Will and Determinism 
7 minutes
Do we really have free will?
And, if so, from where does it come?

In this film, Professor Patrick Haggard explains the differences between free will and behavioural, psychic and neurological determinism.

We then reconstruct Benjamin Libet’s seminal experiment on determinism, showing its implications for understanding consciousness and explaining human behaviour.

The Nature – Nurture Debate
5 minutes
Is human behaviour explained primarily by what we inherit (nature) or what we experience (nurture)?

This film uses the example of whether there are ‘natural born killers’ to illustrate nature, nurture and interactionist approaches.

Individual and Situational Psychology 
5 minutes

Most psychology is individualistic, suggesting that people’s behaviour is a product of their biological inheritance and personal experiences.

This short film, using original footage from Zimbardo’s famous Stanford Prison Experiment, illustrates an alternative idea: that people can be literally transformed by the situations in which they find themselves.

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