Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science presents, in a unique way, a comprehensive overview of the science of human behavior, a science that has been with us since the 19th Century. Scientists know that evolution and genetics can account for up to 50% of our human nature and our behavior. The rest is determined by experience and context in ways that are not totally clear. Because of this, the discipline of Behavioral Science is an exciting multifaceted, multidisciplinary scientific approach to defining and understanding human behavior from individuals, to families, cultures and societies. In the 21st Century its unique insights and discoveries will advance the well being of all people.
Origins of Behavioral ScienceRunning Time: 0:28:00

Program 1: Origins of Behavioral Science begins with an overview of behavioral science’s most significant founders – Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Ivan Pavlov, John B. Watson, and B.F. Skinner. It also provides and overview of the four grand scientific theories of human and animal behavior.

Chapter List
1.) Sigmund Freud
00:03:11This Chapter Includes Information on Sigmund Freud, the Unconscious, Id, Ego, Superego, and Freudian Theory
2.) Charles Darwin
00:02:10This Chapter Includes Information on Charles Darwin, Behavioral Evolution, Ecological Factors, Kindness, Altruism, and Genetics
3.) Ivan Pavlov
00:07:33This Chapter Includes Information on Ivan Pavlov, Behaviorism, Learning Theories, Habituation, Classical Conditioning, Pavlovian Conditioning, Neutral Stimuli, Unconditioned Stimuli, and the Startle Response
4.) John B. Watson and B.F. Skinner
00:08:23This Chapter Includes Information on John B. Watson, B.F. Skinner, Behaviorism, Animal Behavior, Conditioning, Child Rearing, the Little Albert Experiment, Classical Conditioning, Mary Cover Jones, Desensitization, Phobias, Operant Conditioning, Instrumental Conditioning, Causation, and Nature Versus Nurture
Scientific Tools of Behavioral ScienceRunning Time: 0:33:00

Program 2: Scientific Tools of Behavioral Science introduces the scientific tools of behavioral science, such as the scientific method, statistical analysis, and randomized trials. B.F. Skinner’s theory of operant conditioning is also looked at, and a historical view of the great nature versus nurture debate is presented.

Chapter List
1.) The Scientific Method
00:03:29This Chapter Includes Information on the Scientific Method, Observation, Questions, Hypotheses, Camillo Golgi, Santiago Ramon Cajal, and Nerve Cells
2.) Statistical Analysis
00:11:30This Chapter Includes Information on Statistical Analysis, Eating, Language, Genetics, Environment, Education, Family Dynamics, Patterns, Alfred Binet, and the IQ Test
3.) Randomized Trials
00:02:01This Chapter Includes Information on Randomized Trials, Experimental Trials, and Intervention Programs
Evolutionary Behavioral ScienceRunning Time: 0:30:00

The role that evolution and genetics play in determining human traits and behavior is pivotal. Program 3: Evolutionary Behavioral Science examines the impact of biological evolution and the principle of natural selection, ultimate and proximate causation, and the importance of genetics in evolution, which led to the great diversity of life on Earth.

Chapter List
1.) Biological Diversity
00:04:43This Chapter Includes Information on Biological Diversity, Human Nature, Environment, Learning, Nature Versus Nurture, Diversity, and Evolution
2.) Natural Selection
00:05:26This Chapter Includes Information on Natural Selection, Charles Darwin, Variety, Variation, Heritability, Traits, and Adaptation
3.) Ultimate and Proximate Causation
00:02:33This Chapter Includes Information on Natural Selection, Proximate Causation, Ultimate Causation, Neurobiological Mechanisms, and Neurochemical Mechanisms
4.) Genetics
00:03:29This Chapter Includes Information on Genetics, Evolution, Organisms, Cellular Information, Chromosomes, DNA, Natural Selection, Molecular Genetics, Diversity, Genetic Material, Mutations, Phenotypes, and Biological Evolution
5.) Neuroevolution
00:06:05This Chapter Includes Information on Neuroevolution, Evolution, Morning Sickness, the Nervous System, Emotions, Epilepsy, Neural Processing, and the Brain
Development, Learning, MemoryRunning Time: 0:31:00

The scientific, multi-disciplinary approach to development, learning, and memory is perhaps the most exciting frontier of Behavioral Science. Program 4: Development, Learning, and Memory starts with two important developmental theorists – Jean Piaget with his work on cognitive child development, and Lev Vygotsky, the founder of Cultural-Historical Psychology. Then brain development and neuroplasticity are taken up.

Chapter List
1.) Lev Vygotsky
00:02:25This Chapter Includes Information on Lev Vygotsky, Cognitive Development, Environment, Human-Cultural Development, Bio-Social Development, Cultural-Historical Psychology, Social Learning, and the Zone of Proximal Development
2.) The Neuroscience of Learning
00:02:14This Chapter Includes Information on Social Factors, Cultural Factors, Learning and Memory Theory, Neuroscience, and Brain Development
3.) Neuroplasticity
00:06:09This Chapter Includes Information on Neuroplasticity, the Brain, Genetics, Epigenetics, Gene Expression, and Cognitive Development
4.) Memory
00:07:29This Chapter Includes Information on Memory, Motor Sensory Skills, Facial Recognition, Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory, Working Memory, Long Term Memory, and the Limbic System
Social BehaviorRunning Time: 0:30:00

Program 5: Social Behavior looks at how humans interact with one another, work together to accomplish great marvels and how antisocial aggressive behavior is learned in families. Behavioral economics and how prosocial behavior and altruism have challenged many assumptions of classical economics and the rational economic actor is also examined.

Chapter List
1.) Behavioral Economics
00:03:47This Chapter Includes Information on Behavioral Economics, Human Psychology, the Rational Actor, Decisions, the Classical Economic Perspective, and Risk
2.) Coercion Theory
00:04:43This Chapter Includes Information on the Coercion Theory, Family Environment, Aversive stimuli, Antisocial Behavior, and Empathy
Abnormal Behavior and Mental IllnessRunning Time: 0:33:00

The revolution in neuroscience is bringing a whole new approach to the scientific understanding of abnormal behavior. Program 6: Abnormal Behavior and Mental Illness sheds light on what behavior is considered normal or abnormal, and looks at mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and autism.

Chapter List
1.) Mental Illness
00:03:53This Chapter Includes Information on Mental Illness, Normal Behavior, Abnormal Behavior, Schizophrenia, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
2.) Mood Disorders
00:03:15This Chapter Includes Information on Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mania, Medications, Neuroscience, Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience
3.) Anxiety Disorders
00:11:37This Chapter Includes Information on Anxiety Disorders, Stress, Aversive Stimuli, Physiological Responses, the Acute Stress Response, Chronic Stress, the HPA System, and the Hippocampus
4.) Autism
00:07:12This Chapter Includes Information on Autism, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Communications, Social Interaction, Social Learning, FMRIs, Brain Scans, and Therapy
Applied Behavioral ScienceRunning Time: 0:29:00

Behavioral science can be applied to the many problems of society to provide programs, preventions, and procedures to improve the welfare of human beings. Program 7: Applied Behavioral Science concludes the series by showing the success stories of behavioral science, such as operant conditioning in education, its revolutionary influence on understanding drug and alcohol addiction, and creating the conditions for the positive growth and development of a child.

Chapter List
1.) Applied Behavioral Analysis
00:02:54This Chapter Includes Information on Applied Behavior Analysis, Operant Conditioning, Nutritional Health, and Healthy Eating
2.) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
00:08:48This Chapter Includes Information on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Applied Behavioral Theory, Antisocial Behavior, and Positive-Reinforcing Environment
3.) Addiction
00:05:44This Chapter Includes Information on Addiction, Drugs, Alcohol, Brain Disease, Craving, Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates, Nicotine, Neuroscience, Neural Pharmacology, Psychology, Environmental Manipulation, Behavioral Treatments, and Policymaking
4.) Nurse-Family Partnership
00:03:45This Chapter Includes Information on the Nurse-Family Partnership, Low Income Mothers, Positive Child Development, and Improved Pregnancy
Video Programs7
SubjectsScience, Biology, Psychology, Medicine
Supplemental Files3
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Grade Levels12th Grade through Post Secondary
Educators Guide For Behavioral Science
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