PSYCHOLOGY USING MOVIES
one of the following movies:
Iris Philomena Life of Pi Hugo
Up 12 Years a Slave Lincoln The
Julie and Julia The
movies are available at public libraries and movie rental establishments/streaming
sites. Some are available at Bard
Library on the BCCC campus.
- Watch the movie.
6 concepts (ideas) that we discussed in class or were
discussed in the assigned textbook reading to explain specific
behaviors in the movie.
- The concepts must be from at least 4 of the following 6
broad topics: neuroscience,
states of consciousness, learning, memory, human development and social
psychology (excludes personality, psychological disorders and therapy and
any other chapters/topics not discussed this semester).
Use the following
for your assignment:
- At the top of the page indicate
the movie that you watched.
- Name the broad topic; then name
the specific concept.
- In paragraph form describe the
scene in the movie (the behavior); define the concept; and describe how
that concept was illustrated in that particular scene in the movie.
- See example below:
Social Psychology: Bystander effect
When the news reporters arrived, they start
asking questions, which makes Ted nervous. Suddenly, he sees George climbing a
dinosaur exhibit, which starts to fall. He races after George as the dinosaur
skeleton crumbles. Ironically, no one helped them get up. This is a good
example of the concept called bystander effect under the principle of
situationism. The bystander effect is a social factor that affects prosocial
behavior: As the number if bystander at an emergency increases, the probability
that the victim will receive help decreases, and the help, if given, is likely
to be delayed.
Your grade will be based on following: the required format and
directions, how well you define the concept, and how well you describe how the
concept was illustrated in the movie.