PROGRAM 12: MOTIVATION AND EMOTION
A review of what researchers are discovering about why we act and feel as we do, from the exhilaration of love to the agony of failure.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, biological motivation for sexual behavior, reproductive behavior of rats and the physiological effects, physiological and psychological motivation for romantic love, the universality of emotions, and the effects of optimism and pessimism on physiology.
Rat sexual behavior.
Psychologist Norman Adler studies reproductive behavior and its physiological consequence in rats.
Martin Seligman studies the effects of optimism and pessimism on physiology and behavior.
Abraham Maslow examines the effects of the interplay between human nature and society on motivation.
PROGRAM 23: HEALTH, MIND, AND BEHAVIOR
How research is forcing a profound rethinking of the relationship between mind and body. A new biopsychosocial model is replacing the traditional biomedical model.
How psychological factors affect the physical health and immune systems of the aged, how psychological factors affect the outcome of in-vitro fertilization, the psychology of biofeedback, the sources and consequences of stress, behavioral modification and AIDS, and the General Adaptation Syndrome.
Philip Zimbardo demonstrates the process of biofeedback by consciously lowering his pulse rate through relaxation and concentration.
The three stages of Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome theory.
Anti-drinking Public Service Announcement.
Judith Rodin explains how an increased sense of control and empowerment can have positive effects on the physiology of the aged. Rodin also discusses how the stress of in-vitro fertilization procedure may account for its 80% failure rate.
Neal Miller discusses how individuals can change the functioning of their own internal organs through biofeedback.
Thomas Coates discusses how the combination of medical and psychological research can improve the understanding of the AIDS virus.
Canadian physician Hans Selye studies how stress can affect physical functioning.
FILMS AND VIDEOS
City Spaces, Human Places (1985). PBS (WBGH), 58 minutes
If you are planning a lecture on environmental psychology, this videotape provides a humorous view of the urban environment and how people make use of a city. A NOVA presentation.
Health, Stress, and Coping (1990). Insight Media, 30 minutes
Explores a variety of stressors including daily stress, loss of a love relationship, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Includes information on Norman Cousins and the work of Hans Selye.
Learning to Live with Stress: Programming the Body for Health (1976). DOCA, 20 minutes
Doctors Hans Selye and Herbert Benson discuss the study of stress and its effects on the human brain and body. Describes how stress contributes to psychosomatic illnesses, such as heart problems, hypertension, high blood pressure, and ulcers.