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Series Description and Advisors

The Discovering Psychology telecourse and educational video series first premiered in 1990 as a visual resource for teaching introductory psychology. The 26 video programs review the history of the field, including the work of early and contemporary theorists, practitioners, and researchers, illustrating their work with footage of classic experiments and modern studies. They tell the story of psychology through demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation all based on extensive investigation and superior scholarship.

The Updated Edition, released in 2001, highlights major new developments in the field, and new areas of inquiry by the leading researchers. In addition to the new and updated video programs, Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition includes this interactive Web site providing video program extensions including interviews with researchers, essays, and details on experiments. In addition, the site offers five interactive explorations of facets of psychology including its history, research methods, the human brain, human development, and approaches to treatment. The three new video programs of the Updated Edition are Applying Psychology in Life, which explores the role of psychology: in law, conflict negotiation, ergonomics, and space travel, and human performance; Cognitive Neuroscience presenting new ideas in brain research and the application of brain mapping technology, and Cultural Psychology which probes a complex field integrating social and personality psychology, anthropology and other social sciences. Complete program titles are available on the site map.

Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition enables students, as well as general viewers, to learn psychology's history, observe psychology in practice, and better understand its relevance to their own lives.

Using Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
Designed for use as either a free-standing, one semester telecourse or as a supplement to existing courses, Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition surveys the major areas of psychology, explains the scientific method of gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes of behavior, and shows how psychological knowledge can be applied to improve the quality of life. A flexible educational resource, it may be used in a variety of ways:

As a complete college-credit course fulfilling a one-semester requirement in psychology.

As supplemental material for introductory and upper-level psychology courses.

As an offering for adult or continuing education students.

As an important addition to library video collections.

As a resource for teacher inservice programs.


Series Host: Philip G. Zimbardo
Philip G. Zimbardo, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is an internationally acknowledged researcher, teacher, and author. He has published more than two dozen text and trade books and more than 200 professional articles on a wide range of topics in many areas of animal and human behavior. Professor Zimbardo has received numerous awards for his distinguished teaching, creative research, dedicated social action, and career-long contributions to psychology. He helped to create both the original Discovering Psychology telecourse and the revision and update of this influential learning experience. Professor Zimbardo has been teaching introductory psychology for more than 40 years.

Advisory Board
The advisory board of nationally recognized experts from diverse areas of psychological knowledge has significantly contributed to creating this important telecourse.

Updated Edition:

John Darley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Jane Halonen, Ph.D., Director, School of Psychology, James Madison University

James Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Delaware and Director of Minority Fellowships, the American Psychological Association.

Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and President of the American Psychological Association, 2001-2002.

Advisory Board for the original series

Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

W. Curtis Banks, Professor of Psychology (deceased), Howard University

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., Professor of Psychology, Texas A&M University

Tom Bond, Sleep Disorder Specialist, Williamsburg Sleep Disorder Center

Freda Rebelsky Camp, Former Professor of Psychology, Boston University

Daniel Goleman, Psychologist, Journalist, Author

James B. Maas, Professor of Psychology, Cornell University

Margaret S. Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Health Professions Education, The Medical University of South Carolina

Joe L. Martinez, Jr., Director, Division of Life Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Fay-Tyler M. Norton, Retired President, Colleague Consultants in Higher Education

Michael Wertheimer, Retired Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder

WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH Boston is the flagship station of the Public Broadcasting Service. It is internationally recognized for excellence and innovation in television and radio programming. WGBH provides nearly one-third of the prime-time lineup of public television with programs such as NOVA, Frontline, The American Experience, ZOOM, Between the Lions, Mystery!, and ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre. To extend the educational impact of our programs, WGBH creates and distributes a variety of learning materials from teacher's guides to video modules, CD-ROM, DVD, and Web sites.

Annenberg Media
Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition is funded by Annenberg Media. Annenberg Media, a partnership between the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Media funds educational series and teacher professional development workshops for the Annenberg Channel, which is distributed free by satellite to schools and other educational and community organizations nationwide. The notable series, workshops, and activities of Annenberg Media include Destinos, French in Action, Journey North, The Mechanical Universe, The Private Universe Project, the Teaching Math Libraries, and The Western Tradition.

Allyn & Bacon
Allyn & Bacon, a division of Pearson Education, is a publisher of college textbooks and professional resources for social sciences, education and humanities. Serving both college students and practicing professionals, Allyn & Bacon offers publications, technology resources and training, as well as professional development. Visit www.ablongman.com for more information on the companion text to this series, Psychology and Life by Richard Gerrig and Philip Zimbardo or for related student and faculty guides.

Production Staff (Video)

Updated Edition
Harlan Reiniger, Producer

Jayne Sportelli, Associate Producer

Kim Swensen, Production Assistant

Christine Herbes-Sommers, Senior Producer/Project Director

Michele Korf, Executive Producer

Original Series
Tug Yourgrau, Senior Producer

Thomas Friedman, Executive Editor

William C. Brennan, Executive Producer






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