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1.2.3 Cultural approaches to normality

What is normal in terms of the simple act of waiting for a bus? In the UK it is expected that people will organise themselves into a queue, so those who have waited the longest can board the bus first. However, this is not true of all cultures. Yet, if someone from a culture that does not queue were waiting for a bus in Manchester and did not wait her turn, she would be chastised for it. So, another approach might be to define as ‘abnormal’ any behaviour that contravenes social norms
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1.2.1 Statistical approaches to ‘normality’

What did you base your idea of ‘normal’ height on? It might have been based on your own experience, reflecting the average height of women in your community. Similarly, ‘abnormality’ can be defined in terms of low statistical frequency. If what is most common in the general population is considered ‘normal’, then any behaviour or psychological characteristic that occurs only rarely may be regarded as ‘abnormal’. From this viewpoint, above average ind
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The Joseph Bellamy House: The Great Awakening in Puritan New England
examines the life and times of the Reverend Joseph Bellamy (1719-1790), a preacher, author, and educator in New England. At the age of 20, Bellamy became the minister in Bethlehem, Connecticut. He and other ministers, spent most of 1741-1742 riding about New England preaching sermons meant to bring sinners back to the fold of the church. The movement, known as the Great Awakening, appealed particularly to working class people and spread throughout the northern and central colonies.
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Between: literature and memory, past and future
Final part of the series, in which an historian, a novelist and a literary critic explore the ways in which memory, literature and history shape contemporary Europe. Robert Eaglestone is professor of contemporary literature and thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. This event is part of the Jean Monnet 'Europe Beyond Governance' Lecture Series.
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Regenerating The Heart
This 1:30 video is about preventing heart attacks and heart
transplants. Thousands of people need the heart transplant due to heart attacks but only about 2000 are available. The procedure of taking muscle sells in the patient's leg, grow them in the leg, then inject them in the new cells into the heart and therefore causing the heart to pump more blood. Those who
take this procedure, their heart rate pumps at least 58% more
blood.


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Non-Violent Communication
This speech is about what non-violent communication is and how it works. This was done after the massacre in Tucson and relates to that event, but the methods can be used by any teacher to help diffuse hostility and bring all views into the picture. It is 3:30 minutes long.
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What is Heart Disease?
This three minute video explains what heart disease is and what happens to you. Practically the heart is a pump to
pump blood to the circular system through the arteries. Heart Disease is when cholesterol blocks up the arteries, it interrupts the blood flow therefore killing many heart muscle cells.
For example, an anurism is when the aorta has swollen and created a bulge in the arteries. Heart disease is both important and serious because it may prevent you from certain mobil

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Learn about The Blood Cell
Learn about the blood cell in this brief, one-minute clip. This is an older film, so, the image quality is not the best.
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Unit 1 - Finding out about food security
The first unit of this module introduces you to the meaning and dimensions of food security. It also highlights the importance of these concepts to your work as a household food security facilitator, working as a community development worker or volunteer or any other position within communities.
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Household Food Security Module 1: Introduction, acknowledgments and contents pages
In this module we will introduce you to concepts such as food security, food insecurity, nutrition security, livelihood security, food policies and programmes and the role of stakeholders and facilitators. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to gather information on many different levels, from the macro to the micro level. You will also, in time, become equipped to analyse community and household needs, understand the implications of policies and strategies for communities and househ
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1.3 Psychology has social impact

The relevance of psychology to everyday concerns, and the ease with which it can be popularised and used, mean that psychological knowledge – some of it dubious, some of it accurate – is continually absorbed into culture and often incorporated into the very language we use. Examples of psychological concepts that have entered popular discourse include the notion that we are predisposed, both through evolution and through the functioning of our brains and nervous systems, to behave in cert
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Money talks: May 23rd 2011
In this week's programme: the race to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn continues amid a global economic slowdown and the Eurozone crisis
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Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • describe the diversity of psychology as a discipline;

  • list some of the ways psychologists focus on different aspects of human behaviour;

  • identify different methods psychologists use to explore human behaviour;

  • illustrate the importance of ethical considerations.

Introduction

The key message of this unit is that different psychologists focus on different aspects of human behaviour in different ways. Take the topic of learning, some psychologists will study what happens in our brain when we learn, while others will consider how we learn within a social context. This unit will first highlight how psychology is now a very visible part of everyday life and then explore its diverse roots in medicine, philosophy, biology, psychoanalysis and e
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John Comaroff's Introduction of Zackie Achmat
achmat posterJohn Comaroff is Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series and Human Rights Distinguished Lecturer Series.


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1918 Flu
This 13 minute video explains how a virus that killed up to 50 million people started and its effect on the world in 1918. It also shows
how scientists are trying to  prevent more pandemics.

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U-M Spring Commencement 2014
The University of Michigan Spring Commencement, held at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Eisenhower Proclaims Hawaii the 50th state
Eight months after Alaska became a U.S. state; President Eisenhower signs the official proclamation on August 21, 1959, admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state and delivers a welcoming speech. (0:25)

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NCL-Chinese L20 making sentence
NCL-Chinese L20 making sentence.
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Wind Power from National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This is a very informative video from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) about wind power, how it works, the benefits, and its future.  There is closed captioning, which is great because, for younger students, this will be paused throughout for explanations/discussions.  Although this was made for adults, there is a very basic explanation of how wind mills turn the wind into energy.  (06:45)
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