Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

Psychology One

37 episodes, 1957, WGBH (Boston)

From WNET:

"The purpose of “Psychology One” is to show anyone who is interested how man – any human being – works. The course, an adaptation of the course Professor Edwin J. Boring has given at Harvard for thirty-two years, will discuss human thought and conduct as a function of their causes: the scientific and biological view of man as a part of the nature world – why he is the way he is. So Professor Boring starts out with a discussion of the nervous system and of reaction to stimulation. When he shoots off his revolver even the TV audience is going to jump because that reaction is already built into their nervous systems. He will talk about instinctive reaction, about motivated reaction, then about how people learn new reactions and how they change the old ones, and then about they perceive the outside world by use of the five senses, and finally about their abilities and personalities – how people differ from one another, how they grow up, how they adjust to one another and to the difficulties of living. Whenever possible, the TV audience will become the subjects in Professor Boring’s demonstrations. On the TV screen they can see many of the perceptual phenomena that he talks about – illusions, after-images, the way the size of objects seem to vary with their distance. In one sense, man is seen as a complex machine – in another sense, he is free to choose what he will do. But the main thing is to find out how a human being works, and why. Produced by WGBH-TV, Boston, “Psychology One” was produced and directed by Thomas K. Sissow."