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The Man With The 7 Second Memory

Posted by Aketeron at September 27, 2015, 6:43 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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Clive was once a famous conductor in the 1980's he was struck down with a virus that decimated his brain and left him unable to remember anything for longer than 7 or so seconds. At the time nobody knew that he would become the most severe case of amnesia ever recorded. Decades later he cannot hold a memory for any longer, the only person he recognises is his wife Deborah and the only remaining memory he has is his ability to play music. This film looks at his life now to see what has happened to... read more

The Most Intelligent Apes In the World

Posted by jurgen at May 4, 2015, 8:48 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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At present there are two families of hominoids. The first family is the Hylobatidae which comprises 4 genera and 14 species of gibbon including the Lar Gibbon and Siamang which are collectively known as the lesser known apes. The other family is the Hominidae which includes chimpanzees, gorillas, humans and orangutans which are together known as the greater apes. Another primate species known as Barbary Ape has also the name ape associated with it but is the true ape. Except humans and gorillas all apes have the potential to climb on the trees. They are placed in the category of omnivorous animals as they feed on fruits, seeds and even on animals hunted or scavenged. They are able to digest both plant and animal matter very well. They are native to Africa and Asia but humans have inhabited themselves in all parts of the world.

Most of the nonhuman ape species now share the category of endangered or rare. They are on the verge of extinction because of the loss of the tropical rainforests and some species were even hunted for the bush meat. The word ape has been derived from an Old English word. A group of apes is known as troop. The gibbon family or Hylobatidae is made up of fif medium-sized species. They can be identified by the presence of large arms which they used to brachiate through the trees. Their wrists are the ball and socket joints which are an adaptation to their arboreal mode of life. Siamang is the largest among all the gibbons weighing about 14 kg. The smallest greater ape is the common chimpanzee which weighs about 40-65 kg. The great ape family was earlier named as Pongidae and... read more

Mind of a Murderer

Posted by adlar at November 8, 2014, 9:22 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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Mind of a Murderer is a BBC documentary which examines why people kill.

Looking at new research by neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and biochemists, and with powerful testimony from murder witnesses and murderers themselves, the series reveals the latest thinking on the causes of violent behavior and considers how murderers can best be treated and managed.

Trying to understand what happens in the mind of a murderer has traditionally been a question for psychologists and commentators on human behavior. But now neurologists, biochemists and others are beginning to explore processes and changes in the brain itself that may explain why some people are more likely to kill than others, says executive producer, Harry Deans.... read more

Mind Over Matter

Posted by demian at June 18, 2014, 8:49 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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Psychokinesis (from the Greek, "psyche", meaning mind, soul, spirit, heart, or breath; and , "kinesis", meaning motion, movement; literally "mind-movement"), also referred to as telekinesis (Greek , literally "distant-movement") with respect to strictly describing mental movement or motion of solid matter, abbreviated as PK and TK respectively, is a term coined by publisher Henry Holt to refer to the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy. Examples of psychokinesis could include distorting or moving an object, and influencing the output of a random number generator. The study of phenomena said to be psychokinetic is part of parapsychology. Some psychokinesis researchers claim psychokinesis exists and deserves further study, although the focus of research has shifted away from large-scale phenomena to attempts to influence dice and then to random number generators.... read more

The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Posted by Thiago at June 15, 2014, 6:11 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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Daniel Tammet FRSA (born 31 January 1979) is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. His 2006 memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, was named a "Best Book for Young Adults" in 2008 by the American Library Association. Tammet's second book, Embracing the Wide Sky, was one of France's best selling books of 2009. Thinking in Numbers, Tammet's third book, was published by Hodder in the UK on 16 August 2012, and by Little, Brown in the United States and Canada on 30 July 2013. His books have been published in 20 languages. He was elected a ... read more

Egomania

Posted by bolivar at March 28, 2014, 6:13 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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Egomania is obsessive preoccupation with one's self and applies to someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses and is possessed by delusions of personal greatness and feels a lack of appreciation. Someone suffering from this extreme egocentric focus is an egomaniac. The condition is psychologically abnormal.

The term egomania is often used by laypersons in a pejorative fashion to describe an individual who is intolerably self-centred. The clinical condition that most resembles the popular conception of egomania is narcissistic personality disorder.

Egomania the documentary is about people suffering from egomania or narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). People who are narcissists probably won't seriously try to commit suicide, but anyone living or working with them probably do. Although this documentary focuses on ... read more

Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

Posted by ayala at March 12, 2014, 9:59 am in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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The quest for power is the primary driving force of history, always has been, always will be. Those who fail to recognize this principle are not spared in the grand chess game, but rather are moved and manipulated by forces that they do not understand.

From the perspective of those who dominate the board it is obviously preferable to have a population of ignorant pawns than it is to have an array of opponents which are capable of mounting an effective resistance. To that end it has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which... read more

Too Ugly for Love

Posted by Jayden at February 16, 2014, 8:32 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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In brief, Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a belief in and obsession with imagined flaws in appearance. That's the important part, the fact that the flaws aren't real, or are so minor and insignificant as to be considered negligible by most people. So sufferers might think they have a misaligned/prominent nose, bulging forehead, asymmetrical eyes, etc, to the point where some even seek surgery to correct these non-existent problems. Actually, what's scary is the number who seem to find cosmetic surgeons willing to do the work when these people are clearly quite ill.

Over time, individuals with BDD encounter many difficulties due to their strong belief in a defect in their appearance and the associated compulsions done to reduce the discomfort related to the obsession. They may learn to avoid interacting with people due to negative feelings elicited by their belief in the physical defect. Not only do these individuals tend to avoid socializing, their obsessions and compulsions may consume an enormous amount of time, thus, limiting their ability to carry out even common everyday activities such as caring for their home and working. Young people with BDD often cannot function effectively in school or participate in extracurricIndividuals with BDD also engage in compulsive behaviors that are performed in an attempt to reduce the discomfort aroused by the obsessive belief in a perceived defect in their appearance. People diagnosed with BDD may repetitively seek reassurance from others about their appearance, have multiple surgeries to alter their appearance, or attend many doctor's appointments to address their appearance. Unfortunately, these behaviors typically only serve to reduce the discomfort temporarily. In fact, BDD may become reinforced and ... read more

Telepathy

Posted by bolivar at January 20, 2014, 9:26 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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National Geographic presents the Naked Science series on Telepathy.

The programme features various subjects related to science and technology.

Does telepathy exist? Scientists have argued for years about the existence of telepathy, the claimed ability to transmit words or thoughts to another mind outside of the channels of the recognized senses. Sceptics insist that humans possess no such power, but fail to provide answers for many phenomena suggesting that direct transmission can, and does, take place. Now Naked Science investigates this mysterious sixth sense and commissions new experiments to find an answer to this age-old question, does telepathy exist?... read more

A Summer in the Cage

Posted by Courtney2 at November 27, 2013, 8:30 pm in Movies » Documentary - Psychology

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A Summer in the Cage is a feature-length documentary produced, written, and directed by filmmaker Ben Selkow. The film chronicles his friend Sam Murchinson’s battle with bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder causes drastic changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. This affects the person’s ability to carry out simple day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and are quite different from the normal mood swings that almost everyone experiences from time to time. Bipolar disorder can lead to damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and ultimately suicide. Thankfully, this disorder can be treated with pharmacotherapy, and those who have been diagnosed with it are able to lead full and productive lives.

People who suffer from bipolar disorder periodically experience very intense emotional states that happen in distinct periods. These have been called “mood episodes.” Each mood episode represents a ... read more

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