RCNSCI 260 - Science and Societal Issues: The Immune System
Section: 001 Mind, Medicine and the Arts
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Natural Sciences (RCNSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Introductory science course.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Creativity and the arts enhance our lives. But can they do more than that: can creative expression and exposure to the arts boost emotional and even physical health? From foundations in neuropsychology, neuroscience and the psychology of persons, we will explore how visual arts, music and narrative arts affect us physically and psychologically. We will also consider their application in the care of people with various medical and psychological conditions, and in health care settings such as hospitals and clinics. We will review psychological and medical research on how the arts affect mood and biological functions, such as the hormonal response to stress and the immune system. Along the way we will gain an understanding of the distinction between the Arts Therapies, in which arts are combined with traditional talk-therapy, and the “therapeutic arts,” in which arts are pursued for their own sake as creative self-expression.

This course is discussion-based and brings us in contact with specialists in the field and programs that provide arts-in-healthcare experiences. It also includes readings on the neurobiological underpinnings of distraction from pain and discomfort, and the control of expectation through the placebo effect, imagination, mindfulness and creativity; behavioral and psychological studies of arts-in-healthcare procedures, their effectiveness and outcomes; case studies including the painter Frida Kahlo who suffered from chronic pain and disability. We will examine the contributions and limitations of imaging techniques such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) which attempt to show how patterns of brain activity reflect these complex subjective experiences. Basic instruction in relevant neuroanatomy, physiology, and the immune system will provide background, especially for students who may not be majoring in science.

RCNSCI 260 - Science and Societal Issues: The Immune System
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
2RC Ugrd
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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For the Frida Kahlo book for purchase, any edition 2011 or more recent is ok.
ISBN: 9783791346151
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Author: Isabel Alcantara and Sandra Egnolff., Publisher: Prestel Art 2011
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