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Schizophrenia: Symptoms
In this module, mental health professionals observe a patient named Jerry, a classic schizophrenic. Jerry’s case and medication schedule are described, and his disordered speech and behavior are shown. Prominent psychiatrists describe schizophrenia and the prognosis for those diagnosed with this disease; a locked psychiatric ward provides a graphic illustration.
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Schizophrenia: Etiology
This module covers the history of attitudes, beliefs, and theories about the etiology of schizophrenia. While the illness was long thought to be environmentally caused, this module emphasizes the scientific evidence in support of its organic origins. Dr. Arnold Scheibel of UCLA Medical Center describes cellular pathology in the hippocampus and speculates on the possible
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Stress: Locus of Control and Predictability
The classic rat experiment described by Dr. Jay Weiss of Rockefeller University, New York, is presented in this module. Two rats are connected to a stressor — an electric shock to the tail. One rat is able to turn off the stimulus by turning a wheel, while the other receives the stress stimulus regardless of what it does. The rat with more control is shown to suffer fe
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Learning As Synaptic Change
This module presents researchers investigating the structural changes involved in learning. Research conducted at the Pasteur Institute in Paris shows that the learning process involves the formation of new brain connections and the elimination of others. Other researchers dispel the myth of brain loss in aging, present evidence of changes at the cellular level, and revi
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Living With Amnesia: The Hippocampus and Memory
Amnesia appears in many different forms. This module shows how the extent and location of damage can result in varying levels of memory impairment. Footage of Mike, an amnesic individual, demonstrates the result of an injury to the hippocampus. Mike’s reaction to his memory deficit and drastic coping measures underscore the importance of memory to everyday functioning.
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Frontal Lobes and Behavior: The Story of Phineas Gage
This module relates the story of Phineas Gage, whose name appears in virtually every general psychology textbook. After a heavy metal rod was blown through his temporal lobe, Phineas experienced dramatic mental change. The study of the trauma and its physiological effects provided the first documented evidence of how brain injury can affect human behavior.
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Autism
This module opens with statistics and a description of autism and how the disorder has been viewed historically. Studies now support the theory that autism results from a lack of normal neural growth during prenatal development. Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, severely autistic as a child, is presented as someone who overcame her autism and managed to us
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Visual Information Processing: Elementary Concepts
This module depicts the original pioneering research on how the brain’s visual systems transmit and encode information. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, present their work on the visual cortex of the monkey using x-ray images. Two Nobel laureates also recount their serendipitous discovery of “feature detector” cells in the striate cortex that
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Visual Information Processing: Perception
This module concentrates on higher visual areas beyond the striate cortex, addressing the questions of when seeing becomes perception and where it all takes place. Face recognition provides an illustrative example — patients suffering damage to their temporal lobes may see familiar faces, yet be unable to recognize them.
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Which school-based elements of partnership in initial teacher training in the UK support trainee tea
A systematic review of research evidence on effective school-based partnership in ITT using the EPPI protocol.
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RHINOs: Really Here In Name Only (March 2001)
This TTA legacy document reports on a small-scale research project that examined disaffection among a group of students attending a High School in Norwich.
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(R&DA 25) The Development of Professional Knowledge for Teaching Historical Enquiry and Historical I
This project in the Oxford Internship Scheme investigated trainee teachers’ professional knowledge for teaching historical enquiry and historical interpretation. The study found that discovering students’ preconceptions of enquiry and interpretation was essential. The partnership generated a list of shared objectives. Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award.
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Ecosystems
Scientists from the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Research document the astounding abundance of diversity in tropical rainforests to discover why so many species coexist that are competing for the same resources. In North America, the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction project explores why removing just one species dramatically changed the distribution of plants and anima
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Supporting E-learning Communities in ITT Series - Sunderland PDA Project
This project, based at Sunderland University, delivered PDAs to a number of trainers, trainees and school-based mentors.
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Physical education Sport
I'm planning to do a research project on physical education at primary school, and how much participation children do of physical sport ouside of school. Where can I find information? 7-11 year olds , key stage 2 , P.E
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Schools and Crime - Tackling Gang Culture
The resource is a Teachers TV programme which investigates the impact of ‘gang culture’ on young peoples’ lives through interviews with pupils and teachers from two London schools (one primary and one secondary), youth workers, academics and politicians. It also observes (briefly) young people from the secondary school developing a multi-media project about gang culture.
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Customer Voice Research - Raising Standards
This resource is a brief report of a small scale qualitative research project commissioned by the Department of Children, Schools and Families into understanding the motivations and barriers for parents getting involved in helping to raise standards and increase the supply of good school places.
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Intelligence and Culture
The issue of cultural bias in testing is explored in this module, presenting Judy Kearins’s work with Australian children. White and aboriginal children are shown to perform differently on visual/spatial tasks, and use different methods to arrive at solutions to the problems presented. Theories of cultural influence on cognitive processing and the shaping of the brain
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Huntington's Disease
Dr. Nancy Wexler of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and Columbia University recounts her research on the demographics, symptoms, and genetic cause of this debilitating illness. The module also explores ethical and moral dimensions of DNA testing, which can determine who will develop the disease.
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Alzheimer's Disease
When this program was first filmed, Eleanor, age 51, was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This module follows Eleanor’s physical and mental decline after the initial filming. Pathology in the brainstem and other regions in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are shown to interfere with acetylcholine release, resulting in neuronal atrophy. The module discu
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