Psychology in Action

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Various experts from well known institutions discuss the differences between male and female brains. These differences appear to have significant affects on aging, reading ability, spatial skills, aggression, depression, schizophrenia, and sexuality. Instructor's Resource Guide                                Chapter 11                                       Page  91                                                                      
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Violence Against Women Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1995. 46 minutes. This program examines violent relationships, focussing on the secrecy that often surrounds cases of domestic violence. Information on how to leave an abusive partner is provided. Specific instructions for speaking out, forming a plan of action, when to leave, and where to go are provided. Additional topics including legal considerations, help for abusers, and the protection of children from abusers are also discussed. Sexual Attraction Insight Media, 1997. 48 minutes. This video examines human sexual attraction as a function of the complex interaction between sexual desires, biological drives, and romantic love. Real-life case studies are presented with accompanying commentary by psychologists, anthropologists, and biologists. In addition, the possible role of pheromones and the evolution of monogamy are considered. Chemistry of Love WETA/PBS, 1997. 60 minutes. This program presents a case for lust, love, and fidelity owing as much, if not more, to biology and evolution than to emotion and conscious thought. Panel discussion format is used to consider the roles of hormones, brain chemistry, and mental pre- dispositions in bringing about sexual arousal. These ideas are then used to challenge the traditional conceptions of sexual attraction and romantic love. Tough Guise: Media Images and the Crisis in masculinity Media Education Foundation, 1999. 40 minutes. This program takes a systematic look at the social construction of masculine identity and the images provided by popular culture in recent years. Role models promoting rugged individualism and violence are at odds with an ever increasing need for cooperation and interdependence. Aggressive strategies used to solve problems and settle disputes are loaded with attendant dangers to both women and men. You, Your Body, and Your Self-Image Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998. 28 minutes. This video examines the psychological and health effects on both genders as a result of the ideal body types exemplified in popular culture. The effects of eating disorders on young women fixated on being slim and those of young men using anabolic steroids to achieve muscle mass are illustrated. Alternatives to the current thin female and muscular male ideals are offered. The physical and psychological benefits to both young women and men of healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle are presented.
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