Category “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, spherical head bobbing like a drowning apple as footage shows the...

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Extraordinary People: The Girl Who Makes Miracles

Audrey Marie Santo is was an ordinary girl, untill at the age of 3 she fell into the swimming pool and drowned. At the hospital she regained her breath, but fell in a coma. Her parents brought her to Medjugorje where appearances of the virgin Mary were sighted, hoping for a miracle. The virgin Mary had a message for Audrey, and since then Audrey performed miracle healings to many people that visited...

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Extraordinary People: The Boy Who Lived Before

Ever since he could talk, Cameron has been telling stories of his life on Barra, a remote island in the Outer Hebrides, some 220 miles from his current home in Glasgow. He describes in detail his childhood on the island: the white house he lived in, the black-and-white dog he walked on the beach. He talks about his mother, seven siblings and his father, Shane Robertson, who died when he was run over by a car. Nothing strange about all that. Except the fact that Cameron is only five years old now; his memories seem to be of a former life. Cameron’s stories have become increasingly more...

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Every F*cking Day of My Life

Married at 16 years – with 18 years of violence following – left Wendy terrified. She summoned the courage to deal with her husband the only way she knew possible. Originally as One Minute to Nine, this documentary finally arrives at HBO with a somewhat more in-your-face title – and, in a stark, spare way that has come to characterize the pay channel, delivers a pretty bracing wallop. A harrowing portrait of domestic abuse, the project draws heavily on video shot by the dead abuser, as his wife, Wendy Maldonado, spends her final days of freedom before going to jail for his...

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Equinox: Psychopath

According to popular wisdom, psychopaths are ...crazed and bloodthirsty serial killers. The reality is not ...all so simple. While many psychopaths do commit violent crimes, not all psychopaths are criminals and not all criminals are psychopathic. Psychopaths are found in many walks of life and are often successful in competitive professions. However they are also ruthless, manipulative and destructive. Equinox reports on techniques developed by psychologists to work out whether a person is psychopathic and shows how brain scientists are coming close to mapping the malfunctions in the...

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Dream Interpretation

Tonight nearly every single one of us will fall asleep and each and everyone who does so will dream. It's an extraordinary world of pleasure and pain but why we dream is one of sciences great mysteries. It's only now that science is beginning to reveal the bizarre complexities of this secret world. Much of what we thought we knew about dreams now appears to be wrong. This films asks the question where do are dreams come from, what do they mean and do they have a...

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Dr. Money And The Boy With No Penis

This is a documentary about one of twin boys whose penis got burned off during circumcision. The boy would be scarred for life and would have to live with terrible psychological consequences… unless he became a she. Is it possible to change the gender of a human being completely? What factors determine the gender of a person? Dr. Money And The Boy With No Penis is a documentary investigating these questions. It presents the scientific theories of Dr. Money stating that nurture (instead of nature) eventually determines...

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Discovering Psychology: The Power of the Situation

In the early 1970s, Craig Haney, Curt Banks, Carlo Prescott, and Philip Zimbardo conducted a landmark situational study at Stanford University. The experiment tested the fundamental attribution error: our tendency to attribute causes of behavior to personal factors, underestimating the influence of situational conditions. For this study, a small group of college students volunteered to be subjects and were carefully tested for sound psychological and physical health. Half of the students were randomly selected to act as prisoners, the other half to act as guards. The study took place in a...

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Desperately Hungry Housewives

When you think of anorexia and bulimia you generally think teenage girls, but these dangerous eating disorders are now on the increase among older women. This film goes into the seemingly perfect world of four housewives who are struggling with the fallout from their eating disorders. They may seem to have it all with their nice houses, perfect children and middle class lives, but behind the wisteria, they are having a constant battle with their food and eating. Jane in her early fifties now has the bone density of a 92 year old; 36-year-old Zoe has turned to Cognitive Behavioural...

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