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Author: WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.). Science Unit.; Cinquième (Firm); WGBH Video (Firm)
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, ©2005.
Series: Science odyssey.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the history of scientific understanding of human behavior from the late 19th century. Examines the pendulum swings of psychological theory from nature to nurture and back again and looks at how scientific ideas about human nature have been twisted to fit political agendas. Explores what case studies, classic experiments, and research on the brain have taught us about ourselves and what still remains unknown.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction television programs
Documentary television programs
Science television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Popular works
Named Person: B F Skinner; J M Charcot; Sigmund Freud; John B Watson; Frieda Fromm-Reichmann; Harry F Harlow
Material Type: Document, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.). Science Unit.; Cinquième (Firm); WGBH Video (Firm)
ISBN: 9781593752767 1593752768
OCLC Number: 61463879
Language Note: Closed-captioned; optional audio-described soundtrack.
Notes: Originally broadcast on television on PBS on Jan. 11, 1998.
Region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby digital.
Special features include: printable teaching materials (PDF; requires computer with DVD-ROM drive).
Credits: Director of photography, Edward Marritz ; editor, James Rutenbeck ; music, Brian Keane.
Performer(s): Host and narrator, Charles Osgood.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Hysteria --
World War I --
Eugenics vs. behaviorism --
Theories in practice --
Bringing science home --
Psychoanalysis --
Pills for the mind --
Understanding the brain --
A new synthesis.
Series Title: Science odyssey.
Responsibility: written and produced by Alice Markowitz ; a WGBH Science Unit production in association with La Cinquième.

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Traces the history of scientific understanding of human behavior from the late 19th century. Examines the pendulum swings of psychological theory from nature to nurture and back again and looks at how scientific ideas about human nature have been twisted to fit political agendas. Explores what case studies, classic experiments, and research on the brain have taught us about ourselves and what still remains unknown. Covers topics such as Jean-Martin Charcot and hysteria, Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, shell shock and war trauma during the first World War, IQ tests, eugenics, John B. Watson and the behaviorist movement, B.F. Skinner and conditioning, Harry Harlow and the power of love and comfort, Frieda Fromm Reichmann and the treatment of schizophrenia, mental institutions, drug therapy, and Alzheimer's disease.

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