Horizon: The Secret You
With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of science’s greatest mysteries: how do we know who we are? While the thoughts that make us feel as though we know ourselves are easy to experience, they are notoriously difficult to explain. So, in order to find out where they come from, Marcus subjects himself to a series of probing experiments. He learns at what age our self-awareness emerges and whether...
Posted in: Health, Psychology
Holding the Sun
In Holding the Sun we get to look into a Canadian family’s struggle to save their son from schizophrenia and cope with the consequences of the condition. The Millar family was torn apart when on May 30th, 1997, Ruth Millar’s son Aaron came calmly up behind her and stuck a sword through her heart. Earlier that morning Ruth wrote to her husband about Aaron’s schizophrenia. She said he was looking quite psychotic these days, not in a harmful way but simply because he lives in his own world. She explained that...
Help Me To Speak
This film follows the extraordinary story of stuttering children struggling to break out of their isolation and learn to speak. Stuttering, also known as stammering in the United Kingdom, is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases; and involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds. The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it...
Posted in: Psychology
Helen: The Woman with 7 Personalities
Helen has Dissociative Identity Disorder, a rare condition more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. This causes her to have seven alter egos or alter personalities' Alex, A five year old boy who loves shooting toy guns. William, A six year old boy who loves the Mr. Men. Adam, A lovable ten year old boy who is not allowed to play outside. Brenda, An outspoken, feisty 13 year old girl Karl, A sixteen year old boy with an attitude and a temper. Jamie Elizabeth Helen will switch from...
Guys and Dolls
10 years ago, a small company in California started making real life like dolls for sale. These dolls are more than a sex doll for some of the man who bought them, they develop feelings for these dolls and treated them like they're alive. The doll's features can be customised and they cost up to 6000USD each. Business has been booming and there are over 3000 dolls shipped worldwide, they get about 400 orders of dolls per year. Some of these orders are absurd, one of them requested for a doll with pubic hair...
Posted in: Psychology, Religion
God on the Brain
Rudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy. Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fitting but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology. The connection between the temporal lobes of the brain and...
Posted in: Psychology, War
Glory Days: My Life As A Sniper
As soon as the rifle touched Sgt Rodriguez's shoulder, he knew he was going to be a sniper. At 20, he became a guiltless killing machine. This is his story of learning to kill and the challenge of how to stop. Noel Rodriguez entered the US Marine Corps to be a journalist. He'd never held a gun or thought about killing. But as soon as he held an M16 everything changed. 'When they gave me my rifle, I just felt it. I knew in my heart that nobody was going to be better than me.' But when Rodriguez first killed he...
First Kill
What is the psychology of war? Do soldiers become murderers when they enjoy killing? Is war beautiful? Are all humans capable of monstrous acts? FIRST KILL examines these and other questions, as it explores what war does to the human mind and soul. Interviews with several Vietnam veterans evoke the contradictory feelings that killing produces - fear, hate, seduction and pleasure. FIRST KILL also includes a discussion with Michael Herr, the former war correspondent who wrote the screenplays to Apocalypse Now and...
Posted in: Psychology
Extraordinary People: The Million Dollar Mind Reader
Derek Ogilvie says he can read the minds of infants who are too young to communicate verbally. Now he agrees to undergo a series of controlled experiments to test the limits of his alleged abilities. He even faces the ultimate sceptic in the form of James Randi, an investigator of the paranormal who has offered $1million to anyone who can provide evidence of the supernatural. Apparently. “I get little movies played to me, I really do, I’m not a liar, I really, really do,” pants the Scotsman,...