Definition of Culture

In this video William Kornblum of the City University of New York defines culture in three major parts: ideas, norms, and material culture. Kornblum defines each aspect and how they interplay to create our idea of culture. How does Kornblum define each of these aspects? How might our definitions of these aspects differ from those […]

Facebook and GPAs

This video clip discusses an Ohio State University study that shows that Facebook users have a lower GPA than those that did not use Facebook. Do you think Don Tapscotts commentary is valid? How does self-regulation affect Facebook use? What are the pros and cons of a social networking site like Facebook?

Hikikomori in Japan

In this clip Norwegian host Bridget, subtitled in English, describes the occurrence of hikikomori. People with this condition seclude themselves in their room for years at a time. In Japan alone, hikikomori occurs in 1 million young people with ages ranging between 25“ 35 years. Bridget speaks with Matsumoto from New Start, a program seeking […]

Self Regulation

This group project from students at Baruch College explains self regulation, including the control theory. The clip shows students comparing their test grades; one of the students gets an on his test and immediately goes home to study while his classmates go out partying because they got. What does TOTE stand for? How did self-regulation […]

Looking Glass Self

This clip from a student project shows Vern who explains Charles Horton Colleys term looking-glass self. Vern dances through the hall and imagines how he appears to others, then imagines how others will judge him, and lastly develops an emotional response as a result of how others have judged him. In relation to the looking-glass […]

Girls Self-Esteem

This video clip, sponsored by Dove, shows girls of various ages and backgrounds and how interactions with peers affected their self-esteem. Some of the girls explain that they changed the way they looked because of their peers words and appearance. One of the girls featured explains that she stopped eating and received positive feedback from […]

The Mirror in My Mind: Body Image and Self-Esteem

Everywhere we look in magazines, on billboards, no TV, and in the movies there are surgically perfected women who are unrealistically thin and men whose muscles ripple and bulge. How can the rest of us measure up to these standards? And why should we? This video explores and explains the damages these cultural forces can […]

Spencer Pratt Im a Celebrity

Spencer Pratt, a reality TV star who is most famous for being on the MTV reality TV show, The Hills, explains that he sees the other participants of the show Im a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here as servants and speaks to the other people about his black belt and how he isnt afraid […]

Sullys Personal Side

Katie Couric interviews Captain Chelsey Sully Sullenberger who successfully crash landed an airbus carrying 159 passengers in the Hudson River. Although he is recognized as a national hero, he and his wife do not consider him a hero. What did Sully take away from this experience? How has Sullys life been affected by the choices […]

Intervention Ben & Josh

Ben, a 25-year-old genius addicted to DXM (dextromethorphan), and Josh, an overweight 22-year-old addicted to food, tell A&Es show Intervention about their lives and how they became addicted. Most of this clip focuses on Ben, who is a potential genius and has caused himself many injuries. Although aware that his actions are risky, he continues […]

Jim Mora Playoffs

After a loss, head coach Jim Mora was asked to comment during the customary post-game press conference. Coach Mora attributed the Colts loss to turnovers, interceptions and giving up field position. Were Coach Moras remarks internal attributions or external attributions? What type of attribution would he have made if he blamed the referees for the […]

Fundamental Attribution Error

This video explains the concept of the fundamental attribution error. What example does the instructor offer to explain fundamental attribution error? How likely are people in more individualistic cultures or societies to commit such an error, versus people in more collectivist cultures?

Women, Math, and Stereotype Threat

This video explores the idea that once a group of people expect a certain outcome, that outcome will occur. In this case, women were told that they do not perform as well as men on math tests, and then were given a test to take, and did poorly. What reasons do the researchers give for […]

Priming, Money, and the Effect on Us

In this clip, the BBCs Bang Goes the Theory Team conducts an experiment to see how priming works. They conduct an experiment with Dr. Peter Naish; two groups were asked to count. One group counts slips of paper and the other counts bank notes. Then, each group is given a bowl of candy. The group […]

Heuristic Childcare

In this animation project, a mother leaves her son at home under the care of a robot who keeps heuristics in mind while he watches him. The robot deems certain activities and objects too dangerous for the child according to those heuristics. Define heuristics. What uncertain events did the robot keep the child from falling […]

Availability Heuristic

In this clip about estimating risk (the availability heuristic) ABC News describes how road rage is running rampant. Bob Lichter explains that the media over-dramatizes reckless driving. According to an AAA study, road rage is up 51%; however, these reports were based on media reports. The AAA representative explains that we are more likely to […]

Responsibility of Strangers

In this ABC news clip editors from What Would You Do? conduct a social experiment about the attribution theory. In the first part of the experiment Havala, an actor, sits on the beach, sets up an iPod radio, and then leaves. While she is away, a man (part of the experiment) comes by and steals […]

A Happiness Gene

In this clip, a geneticist, Gene Hama, explains that people are born with a long or short gene that acts like a natural version of Prozac and affects their happiness. Hama found that people with a long form of the gene were happier overall whereas people with the short gene were more neurotic. What does […]

Putting Your Best Face Forward

UBC Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn explains her theory putting your best face forward. Dr. Dunn explains that in initial interactions we do our best to be impressive whereas were not as likely to put in the necessary effort with intimate partners/friends. Dr. Dunn focused her research on romantic couples and asked them to each […]

Discovering Psychology: Communication of Emotion

This student project explores emotion and how it is communicated. They humorously cover the various ways we communicate, including voice quality, facial expression, body language, personal space and explicit acts. Take the James-Lange and Cannon-Bard theories of emotion into account; how do the bodys and minds reactions occur and in what order?

Non-Verbal Communication Tools: Facial Feedback

This video from Expert Village explains facial feedback as a non-verbal communication tool. Tracy Goodwin explains how facial feedback evokes your response to what someone else is saying. Tracy explains that you want to encourage or discourage the speaker with your facial expressions. What is the facial feedback hypothesis? How does it relate to the […]

The Science of Love the Aron Study

Putting Art Arons theory that danger can provoke passion to the test, an attractive female experimenter stands on a windy suspension bridge and asks a male participant to take part in an experiment. She asked them to fill out a sheet then write a brief dramatic story based on a photograph. She then offered to […]

I Love You Man Film Trailer

In this trailer for the film I Love You Man, Jason Segal leaves his dogs droppings in the middle of the Venice beach boardwalk. A jogger steps on it and tells Jason to pick up after his dog. Jason then intimidates the jogger by screaming in his face and says, Society tells us to act […]

When Emotions Make Better Decisions Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio, acclaimed researcher and professor of neuroscience, explains the importance of emotions in decision-making. He speaks with David Brooks about people who suffer from brain damage and are unable to make simple decisions. Damasio explains that they are unable to choose because emotions allow us to mark things as good, bad or indifferent. Without […]

Emotional Intelligence in Practice

This clip offers two examples one where the nurse lacks emotional intelligence with a knee-surgery patient and another where she shows emotional intelligence with the patient. Define emotional intelligence. How do the nurses approaches to the patients cries differ? What emotionally intelligent techniques does the second nurse use? How does the patient react?