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Case Studies

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

If you go and see your doctor or a therapist, you'll become a 'case' to them. They'll want to know a lot more about you. Similarly, sociological case…

Participant Observation

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

Some research questions can only really be studied by sociologists getting out of their offices and interacting directly with the people they want to…

Self Report Methods: Interviews and Questionnaires

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

How do school students negotiate the pressures to perform well academically alongside the pressure to popular and cool? Carolyn Jackson combined…

Ainsworth: The Strange Situation

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

While John Bowlby focussed on the consequences of a lack of attachment, Mary Ainsworth took a step back and looked at the nature of attachment and…

Bowlby: Attachment & Maternal Deprivation

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

In the 1930s a young psychiatrist noticed how many of the disturbed children he saw had been separated from their parents in early life. This was…

Insomnia: Causes and Treatments

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Insomnia', says one of the respondents we interviewed, 'can be as debilitating as a physical injury'. This film looks at the causes of insomnia, the…

Labelling Theory

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Traditionally criminology focused on criminal action and its control. Labelling theory widened the focus to include the social reaction to crime and…

Mind-Mindedness and Attachment Security

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Psychologists have long been aware that attachment security may be transmitted from one generation to the next. But how does this happen? A new idea…

Sleep, Memory & Learning

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

While sleep rests and repairs the brain, it continues to be active and sleep psychologists believe one of the things it's doing is helping to…

Space, Place & Crime

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Spatial criminology asks whether it's possible to reduce crime by changing social spaces. This film begins with Zimbardo's influential abandoned cars…

Strain Theory

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Merton was one of the first sociologists to look at the relationship between culture and crime. This film provides a clear introduction to Merton's…

The Structure of Sleep

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

Until relatively recently what happens while we sleep was a mystery. But that changed with the advent of polysomnography, the electrical recording of…

Why Do We Sleep?

By ShortCutsTV - 2018

We spend about a third of our lives asleep. But why do we need to sleep? Filmed at a University Sleep Lab, this short film demonstrates the effects…

Case Study Research

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

This film uses the well-known case of 'Genie', a girl kept in solitary confinement from infancy until she was 13, to illustrate the use of case…

Correlations

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Correlations are relationships and this film begins by illustrating how the strength and direction of those relationships is measured. It then uses…

Determinism and Free-Will

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Do we really have free will? And, if so, where does it come from? In this film, Professor Patrick Haggard explains the differences between free will…

Nature-Nurture and Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Is human behaviour explained primarily by what we inherit (nature) or what we experience (nurture)? This film uses the example of whether there are…

Observational Methods

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Some research questions in psychology involve getting out and seeing how people actually behave in real life situations. This is called naturalistic…

Psychology & Science

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Is Psychology a science? This film explains the scientific method, illustrates its application in psychology, and shows how not all questions in…

Reductionism and Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

This film illustrates both the importance and limitations of reductionism in psychological explanation using the example of research into diet and…

Reliability & Validity

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Psychologists have told us a lot about human behaviour, but can we trust the findings? This film looks at the part played by reliability and validity…

Sampling

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Sampling is crucial in psychology but can be difficult to understand. This film offers a helping hand with a series of visual images that take…

Self-Report Methods

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Self-report methods gather data directly from the participants. Here, we illustrate and compare questionnaire and interview methods, then look at…

The Usefulness of Psychological Research

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Have you ever wondered why some people claim to see the face of Jesus in their toast? Well, psychologists at the University of Toronto did. But why…

Using Non-Human Animals in Research

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

This film begins with how animals were used in psychological research by looking at Harlow's experiments, where baby rhesus monkeys were isolated in…

Variables

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Although the idea of variables can seem dull and uninspiring, they are crucial because they're everywhere in psychology. This film provides a clear…

Ethics & Ethical Issues in Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

This film begins by looking at how stricter ethical guidelines were developed in psychology. Using an on-going research project, it illustrates…

Ethnocentrism and Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

Might psychology have ethnocentric biases? This film begins by explaining the key concept of social construction and then illustrates three sources…

Experimental Design

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

What is the most effective time of day for students to learn new material? We begin with this research question to give practical illustrations of…

Field Experiments

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

Three classic studies - Hofling's study of nurse obedience, Fischer's test of the cognitive interview and the Pilliavins' research on good Samaritans…

Laboratory Experiments

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

This film uses some famous psychological studies to explain the experimental method and illustrate how laboratory experiments are done, their…

Natural Experiments

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

In natural experiments circumstances present researchers with an opportunity to test the effect of one variable on another in ways that could not be…

Socially Sensitive Research in Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

While ethics is about the conduct of research, socially sensitive research is about the consequences. Might it harm some individuals or groups? Using…

New Religions: Alternative Spiritualities?

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

Sometimes practised far away from the world and sometimes in the full glare of hostile media, there are thousands of new religions. With examples…

Religion: What it Is and What it Does

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

Ask a hundred people what they think religion is and you'll probably get a hundred different answers. However, to study religion we have bring…

The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Re-Thinking Moral Panics

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

When Vincent Li murdered and then cannibalised 22 year old Tim McLean on a Greyhound Bus heading for Winnipeg, the shock waves ran through Canadian…

The Ethics of Abortion: When Does Life Begin?

By ShortCutsTV - 2019

The controversies surrounding abortion involve a clash between two fundamental rights: the right of the unborn child, or foetus, and the rights of…

Aftershock: Obedience & Identity

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Milgram's obedience experiments are among the most famous studies ever conducted in psychology. Generations of students have been taught that they…

Are You What Your Mother Ate? The Agouti Mouse Study

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

The foetal susceptibility hypothesis suggests the nourishment an embryo receives from its a mother is a major determinant of health in later life. In…

Experimental Research Methods in Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

This film combines three of our standalone films into one complete film, designed as an introductory overview to this area of a Psychology research…

Individualistic and Situational Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

Most psychology is individualistic, suggesting that people's behaviour is a product of their biological inheritance and personal experiences. This…

Lost in the Mall: The Memory War

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

From the late 1990s recovered memory therapy was sweeping across America. In the legal cases that followed, experts assured the courts of the…

Rethinking Obesity: Nature via Nurture

By ShortCutsTV - 2017

This film explores an interactionist approach to obesity. Part 1 shows how cultural and environmental changes have altered our relationship with food…

Non-Experimental Research Methods in Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

This film combines three of our standalone films into one complete film, designed as an introductory overview to this area of a Psychology research…

Math in Psychology

By ShortCutsTV - 2015

Clear, step-by-step explanations on how to calculate and apply 6 types of psychological test: Spearman's Rho, The Sign Test, Chi Square, Mann-Whitney…

Beyond Genetics

By ShortCutsTV - 2016

There's a revolution that is challenging a century of taken for granted assumptions about genetics and raising new questions. How does environment…

Chemistry - Mixtures, Solutions, Evaporation, Distillation, Chromatography

By Wonderscape Entertainment LLC - 2018

In this program, the basics of chemistry are introduced with a focus on 5th grade curriculum guidelines. What is a mixture? What are the different…

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