Archival Films & Recordings

The CCHP provides archival films and audio recordings from the Archives of the History of American Psychology. These materials include interviews, laboratory footage, and presentations from eminent psychologists and social scientists.

These videos are intended for educational use and may not be reproduced elsewhere.

To view the full catalog of the Moving Images and Sound Recordings collections, visit our digital repository. To request access to a film not included in the list below, please contact ahap@uakron.edu.

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A man in sunglasses seated with a man in a prison uniform

Stanford Prison Experiment debriefing audio

Audio excerpt from a debriefing session conducted between researchers and participants of the Stanford Prison Experiment. A member of the research team talks the group through the ethical dilemma at the heart of this—and many other—social psychology experiments.

Source: Philip Zimbardo papers, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 4 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1970s

Carl Jung seated holding a pipe

Psychologist Richard Evans interviews Carl Jung

In this series of five recordings, psychologist Richard Evans interviews Carl Jung in Zurich, Switzerland.

Source: Richard I. Evans papers, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 5 videos, 241 minutes total

Originally recorded: August 6-8, 1957

Doctors gathered around a table with a man

The Nation's Mental Health

This excerpt from the March of Time series discusses the state of mental health care in the years following World War II and highlights the National Institute of Mental Health, which had been founded in 1946. It also provides a look at training for psychiatrists in the 1950s.

Source: Films from the History of Psychology, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 9 minutes

Originally recorded: 1951

Three boys seated in a tent

Kurt Lewin's Leadership Study

Film footage from Kurt Lewin's famous studies of the effects of different types of leadership on the social climate of groups. Lewin compared the effects of autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire leadership, a topic that was of vast importance in the years during and after World War II.

Source: Kurt Lewin papers, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 12 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1940s

A white rat traversing a thin raised platform

The Intelligence of White Rats

This film footage from the 1930s shows early studies of maze learning, problem solving, and insight in white rats at the University of Berlin.

Source: Films from the History of Psychology, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 3 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1930s

A man and woman introducing a dog to a baby

Conditioned Emotional Reactions (Little Albert)

Film footage of John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner's classical conditioning experiment, in which a baby, dubbed “Little Albert,” was conditioned to fear particular animals and objects.

Source: Films from the History of Psychology, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 4 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1920s.

A duckling following a wooden mallard

Eckhard Hess, Imprinting Research

This film provides an inside look at the work of Eckhard Hess, who famously replicated Konrad Lorenz's imprinting studies in a controlled laboratory setting and outdoors. Viewers see a duckling following a fabricated wooden mallard.

Source: Eckhard Hess papers, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 3 minutes

Originally recorded: Undated

A young girl seated completing a puzzle test

Vineland Institutional Care of the Feeble-Minded

Film footage depicting the use of intelligence testing at the School for Feebleminded Girls and Boys in Vineland, New Jersey. Henry H. Goddard headed the Research Laboratory at Vineland from 1906 through 1918.

Source: Films from the History of Psychology, Archives of the History of American Psychology

Length: 2 minutes

Originally recorded: Undated