Psychology documentaries

The Placebo Experiment

The Placebo Experiment, a 2018 psychology documentary by Michael Mosley examing the true power of the placebo effect.   We all know what placebo treatments are, but do they really work?  Mosley explores from an objective standpoint how much the can brain do to cure the body by explor[...]

Exorcism: The Battle for Young Minds

SocietyPsychology Presenter Andrew Gold 2018 Unrated

Exorcism: The Battle for Young Minds, a 2018 BBC3 documentary in which Journalist Andrew Gold meets the famous exorcist Padre Manuel Acuña.   Acuña claims to be able to cure people of their possession by demons and evil spirits. He practices his cleansing rituals from his ho[...]

Inside a Trader’s Brain

Inside a Trader’s Brain is a 2015 documentary which tells us how neuroscientists have begun to scrutinize the brains of Wall Street traders to try and understand what makes a successful trader, what makes an unsuccessful one, and to try and better understand what makes some traders g[...]

Enlightenment Now, The Awakening of Humanity

The world's leading spiritual masters, yogis and gurus explain what enlightenment is and how to attain it. A summary of all the various forms of yoga and meditation, including interviews with such luminaries as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva, the Maharishi and the Maharaj, various[...]

Why Do We Dream?

Why Do We Dream? A 2009 BBC horizon episode which explores the science behind our dreams, using research which involved extensive experiments on people and personal stories from vivid dreamers. The program asks where our dreams come from, why we have dreams, and whether dreams have any sort of hidde[...]

The Day the Universe Changed

PsychologyScience Presenter James Burke 1985 Unrated

The Day the Universe Changed, a ten-part documentary presented by British Broadcaster and science historian James Burke exploring the effects of advances in science and technology from a philosophical aspect. The name of the documentary, which was first shown in 1985 comes from the idea that th[...]

The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain

The Riddle of Einstein’s Brain, a 2005 documentary presented by British theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili and British neurophysiologist Mark Lythgoe telling the story of how Einstein’s brain was removed at autopsy and then had an extraordinary journey across America in Tupperware cont[...]

(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, a 2015 documentary exploring how and why people lie by Yael Melamede.   Not telling the truth seems to be a part of human nature but what really drives it? Behavioural economist Dan Ariely provides objective evidence in an overall lighthearted look into[...]

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, a 2016 documentary by Matt D'Avella who asks a question: How might your life be better with less?   This film challenges the notions of what is widely considered to be the "American ideal" by following minimalists from al[...]

Memory Hackers

Memory Hackers: The human brain is certainly a cunning creation, for if it was not able to create memories we would be perpetually stuck in the present and unable to think about the future.   This documentary explores the latest techniques that neuroscientists are using to "hack"[...]

Ghost Inside My Child

Psychology Presenter 2013 Unrated

Ghost Inside My Child a 2013 documentary series about children who claim to have vivid memories belonging to other people.   What if your child remembered living and dying in a past life? The Ghost Inside My Child on bio. explores children's incredible stories of past lives, told in[...]

The Human Mind

The Human Mind, a 2003 documentary hosted by British professor and doctor Robert Winston about several important aspects of how our brains work.   The film is split into three different sections; "Get Smart", "Personality" and "Making Friends". 

Dangerous Knowledge

Dangerous Knowledge, a two-part historical science documentary made in 2007 by British filmmaker David Malone which looks at the story of a group of the world most brilliant mathematicians who went insane in the pursuit of all seeing knowledge. Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel an[...]

Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?

Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? Since the turn of the millennium a growing number of children a being referred to gender clinics. Thousands of girls are being encouraged to take the "gender affirmative" approach and change their identity, vice-versa for boys. Is this the right way forwar[...]

A curated collection of psychology documentaries which are available to watch online for free. These documentary films cover a wide variety of topics in the scientific study of the human mind and its functions.