Series: Health and Science
The first episode 'Why Study Psychology?' introduces psychology as a science of behaviour and mental processes. It explains how understanding why we think and act as we do enhances our lives. The second episode 'Research Methods' provides an overview of observational and descriptive research by illustrating how the scientific method is used to study the relationship between violent video games and aggression. The third episode 'The Nervous System' provides learning about the components of the nervous system and the methods used for studying the brain through the story of a hemispherectomy patient. Show Less
The first episode 'The Neuron and Neural Transmission' illustrates how the brain communicates with the body by explaining what the neuron is, how it functions, and what happens to that communication when neurological disorders occur. The second episode 'Sensation and Perception' demonstrates how our senses gather information about the world around us. Perception is also covered in depth. The third episode 'Consciousness' illustrates how our consciousness and awareness vary throughout a typical day. It also explores the impact of circadian rhythms. Show Less
The first episode 'Classical and Operant Conditioning' discusses Pavlov's classical conditioning experiment and how it demonstrates the process of learning by an association or relationship. The second episode 'Learning: Observational and Cognitive Approaches' discusses observational learning. The cognitive process of learning is illustrated using B. F. Skinner's research. The third episode 'Memory' answers the question of "what is memory?" and explains how our sense of identity relies on memories of personal history and connections with the people around us. Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Marissa Peer about how body image issues which manifest psychologically can be treated using hypnotherapy.
The first episode 'Language and Cognition' explores the fact that most animals have the ability to communicate, but only humans have language, symbols for objects, actions, ideas, and feelings. The second episode 'Intelligence' explores what intelligence means in different environments and cultures and discusses nature versus nurture and the history and biases of intelligence testing. The third episode 'Motivation' offers an in-depth discussion of biological and social theories of motivation, intertwined with Bandura's presentation on the role of self-efficacy. Show Less
It doesn't take long to forge some great new habits like raising your food IQ. In this exciting programme, reality TV meets the new dietary guidelines as keen teen Lexi takes the four week challenge to change her life for the better. Working with registered dietitian Christina Meyer-Jax, Lexi accepts a new challenge each week including how to eat in a balanced way, move more, eat more good stuff, and eat less bad stuff. This is a fun and inspiring way to introduce good health practices into the lives of young people, and introduce them to the key concepts behind sensible diet and effective exercise. Show Less
The first episode 'Emotions' asks the following questions: What are emotions? Are they learned or are they innate? Are they expressed in the same way throughout most cultures? The second episode 'Infant and Child Development' provides an overview of Piaget's four stages of cognitive development. The third episode 'Adolescent and Adult Development' explains the significance of peer relationships and Kohlberg's moral development theory. Erikson's theory on human development and Kübler-Ross' five stages of dying and death complete the overview. Show Less
In the sea life is everywhere, but five habitats are like underwater cities. They are coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes, sea grass beds and kelp forests. They provide safety, food, and a nursery for the young of many species. Yet they are in critical danger because we humans are rapidly destroying them. This programme seeks to explain why these five habitats are very important to life in the sea and to point to the fact that they are all in decline. They are being damaged by human activity... some are being cleared away for ports or housing, some are damaged by trawling nets or dredge silt, as well as pollution, overfishing, or the slow but undeniable outcomes of global warming... to name only a few of the reasons. We need to try and stop this worrying trend. Show Less
The first episode 'Gender and Sexuality' explores the distinction between the terms sex and gender and describes the similarities and differences between men and women. The second episode 'Personality Theories' explores the three major theories of personality - Freudian, humanistic, and social-cognitive perspective - by examining the life of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The third episode 'Personality Traits and Assessment' looks at the ways we can evaluate and assess the many parts of our individual personalities. Show Less
The first episode 'Social Cognition' focuses on how people form impressions of others and how people's behaviour is affected by attitudes. The second episode 'Attitudes' analyses the formation of attitudes and how they can be turned into prejudice. It also explores ways to prevent prejudice and how to appreciate individual and group diversity. The third episode 'Group Influence' explains individuality, group behaviour, and de-individuation. Show Less
The first episode 'Stress, Health and Coping' chronicles a breast cancer survivor who employs successful coping strategies to aid in maintaining good health in stressful situations. The second episode 'Understanding Psychological Disorders Part 1' presents research on obsessive/compulsive disorders, and examines the daily lives of patients with these disorders. The third episode 'Understanding Psychological Disorders Part 2' examines schizophrenia, its symptoms, and types. It asks the question: Can some people who suffer from this disease live a relatively normal life? Show Less
The first episode 'Therapies' examines four different styles of therapy treatment for mental disorders and discusses the role of each style of therapy. The second episode 'Personality Traits and Assessment' looks at the ways we can evaluate and assess the many parts of our individual personalities. The third episode 'Making Psychology Part of Your Life' concludes the series by examining how psychology can be applied to all areas of our lives. Show Less
We’ve all heard the common phrase ‘flight or fight response’ when faced with alarming and difficult predicaments, but where did it originate? Chartered Occupational psychologist Emily Hutchinson discusses the science of the brain and history behind this term, and how it has adapted through our evolution into modern day stresses, which we now interpret as things that could endanger our wellbeing. Show Less
Joanna Rushton talks to Tom Cronin about how meditation can be used to aid in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression.
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 awareness, circadian rhythms, as well as sleep and dreams. Sleep disorders are also discussed, including recent discoveries about narcolepsy, and the canines that suffer from this mysterious disorder. Show Less
Sport and the media – is sport over-represented, or appropriately represented in the media? Does media coverage of sport have a positive or negative influence on our physical activity levels? Television, radio, newspapers, internet - sport has permeated the Australian culture. Summer sees the mass coverage of The Australian Open and the Cricket, winter is AFL, the Olympics and the Commonwealth games. All of this coverage of sport both in Australia and overseas provides excellent exposure of sport and the benefits of physical activity. This extensive coverage by the media of sport is promoting positive fitness attitudes and providing young and old alike with role models. But what of the negative aspects of media and sport? Trim and terrific bodies, violence, limited coverage of women’s sports and minor sports. Is it about selling a brand or encouraging physical fitness? Show Less
This quick and easy exercise in mindfulness can be done at home or in the workplace. Starting with your feet flat on the floor, this exercise centres on stillness and your awareness of the surroundings, your body, tensions following with a focus on breathing. Show Less
This simple breathing exercise can be done anytime and anywhere. Focusing on breathing and relaxing the joints, this is best done whilst sitting down and only takes a few minutes.
Joanna Rushton talks to Carren Smith about her personal story about dealing with depression and anxiety.
If you’ve got two minutes to spare during your day, this quick exercise induces relaxation through controlled breathing. Taking slow gentle breaths in and out, this video provides guided instructions on breathing and mindfulness tips.
Joanna Rushton talks to Dain Heer about how Access Consciousness can help to overcome Depression and Anxiety.
This programme familiarises students with the features of acids and bases, and discusses their physical and chemical properties. The pH scale is introduced with examples of strong and weak acids and bases and the concept of neutral substances is explored. The use of indicators to test the pH of acids and bases is explained, as well as showing the variety of indicators available and their specific uses. Students are shown how to make their own red cabbage indicator in the kitchen, and examples of acids and bases commonly found in the home are discussed. A description of neutralisation reactions and their products concludes the programme. Show Less
This programme identifies the criteria for having PTSD and examines how it can evolve into a more chronic condition. Learn about the challenges of this disorder and what you can do to help.
When the body exercises, acute responses occur in the cardiovascular system, and our presenter wants to know more as she does her workout. Drawing on the expertise of a CrossFit coach, a highly trained athlete and a sports scientist, she explores how the muscles’ demand for more oxygen is met by changes in the heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output and blood pressure. Show Less
During exercise, multiple acute responses occur in the body to deliver more oxygen to the muscles. With the assistance of her CrossFit coach, a trained athlete, and a sports scientist, our presenter takes us through some of these responses, including recruitment of slow and fast-twitch muscle fibres, arteriovenous oxygen difference, enzyme concentration and lactic acid build-up. Show Less