Photographic Studies in Hypnosis, Abnormal Psychology (1938)

7 Mar
Director  Dr. Lester F. Beck
Producer  University of Oregon
Contributors  University of California
Length  15 Minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  1 reel, SI, 16mm – This silent film shows a woman being hypnotized and includes both pre and post hypnosis scenes. The hypnotist demonstrates how a patient’s mind can be manipulated as he pinpricks and burns his patient with controlled and suggestive reactions. This unrehearsed session of hypnosis features two students whom are given false memories. The pair are then tested about their memories and are given some basic psychological tests to see the effects of the hypnosis.
Call # FILM Ma12
Genre  Educational, Documentary, Instructional
Rare  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Copy #1 is Very Good, Copy #2 is between Good & Fair, Copy #3 is Poor
Oregon-related  Yes


Lester F. Beck was an Associate Professor of Psychology as well as a Secretary Treasurer at the University of Oregon.  He was responsible for the research and planning that resulted in production of the widely accepted E.C. Brown Trust film called “Human Growth”.  Brown University awarded its first ever Ph.D. degree in psychology in 1933 to Lester F. Beck, whose topic was “Manual Skills and the Measurement of Handedness.”  Here is a link to his IMDB page

Available on DVD at through the University of California Berkeley’s website.  However, I have not found that they or anyone else owns it’s copywrite.

One Response to “Photographic Studies in Hypnosis, Abnormal Psychology (1938)”


  1. Human Growth (1947) | 16mm Lost & Found - May 29, 2013

    […] Beck was a nationally recognized expert in audiovisual education and had already made several educational films of his own. Eddie Albert Productions produced the film, and Sy Wexler shot the film. Wexler, […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: