Psychology in Action

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STD Mega Site The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a special division responsible for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. This site contains up to date statistical and research information. Instructor's Resource Guide                                Chapter 11                                       Page  89                                                                      
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   S uggested F ilms and V ideos The Differences Between Men and Women Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1995. 23 minutes. The old question "Are the differences between men and women conditioned by biology or by family and social environment?" is answered with recent research that claims that male and female brains are far from identical. The video also looks at cultural influences on gender-related behaviors. Metamorphosis: Man into Woman Filmmakers Library. 1990, 58 minutes. This multi-award-winning film follows Gary for three years as he goes through the difficult transition from a man into a woman. Interviews with his coworkers and family provide insight into their difficulties with Gary/Gabi. Sex Hormones and Sexual Destiny Insight Media. 26 minutes. A Rutgers laboratory is visited where research has demonstrated that hormones have a measurable effect on "masculine" and "feminine" behavior and that the structure of male and female brains is different. The influence of the environment on female behavior is also discussed. The film features Dr. June Rainiest, director of the Chinese Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Gender and Relationships Insight Media, 1990. 30 minutes. This program emphasizes that even the most respected authorities are not in agreement about what factors influence love, affection, and sexual attraction. Some questions addressed are: What is love? What makes sexual behavior "normal" or "abnormal"? Why and in what ways do men and women differ in their sexual attitudes, behaviors, and motives? Sex Roles: Charting the Complexity of Development Insight Media, 1991. 60 minutes. This film looks at the cultural ramifications of sex roles and the associated myths. Three theories of socialization (Freudian, social-learning, cognitive- developmental) are analyzed regarding the nature-nurture controversy. The negative impact of sex-role stereotyping is examined. Brandon and Rachel: Patterns of Infant Development U.C. Media Extension Center (Berkeley), 1991. 34 minutes. Two 7-month-olds are visiting a child development class. The professor uses these infants to demonstrate principles of motor, language, and personality development. Students are asked to do a personality profile for each infant (which follows stereotyped sex roles), but what happens if they are wearing the wrong clothing? The surprise ending will generate lively discussion.
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