Animal Studies In the Social Modification of Organically Motivated Behavior (1938)

14 Dec
Director 
Producer   Psychological Cinema Register, Pennsylvania State University
Contributors   O. Hobart Mowrer is listed as “S.I.;” he was a psychologist, so I assume that’s a consulting rather than a directorial role. Review of film in Canadian Medical Association journal (see below) lists his role as “producer.”
Length   12 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description:   Demonstrates how social situations tend to pattern behavior. Shows a competitive situation (involving food) in which rats develop sharing, or altruistic, behavior. In another situation competition develops displaced aggression, hoarding, and other socially significant behavior.
Call # FILM Ma109
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no

Notes:

Mowrer was a major 20th-century psychological career. He also made An Experimentally Produced “Social Problem” In Rats (1939). 1959 Canadian Medical Association journal review says that this film was suitable for medical students, specialists in psychiatry, “general scientific audiences” and “interested adult and high-school groups,” and that it was “clearly presented” except for some scenes at the end in which the rats’ movement becomes confusing. Interesting that this twenty-year-old silent short was still seen as widely appealing and useful.

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