UC 154 - First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar
Section: 001 Happiness and Health: Exploring the Science
Term: FA 2018
Subject: University Courses (UC)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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Can happiness lead to living a longer and healthier life? Is laughter really the best medicine? Will thinking positively result in peak performance in athletes? Research regarding psychosocial factors in physical health has largely focused on the added risk that stress, depression and anxiety confer. Yet, the rise of Positive Psychology has led to a new and compelling field of study: the protective effects of resilience factors like happiness, social support and gratitude. In this seminar, we will explore the science underlying Positive Health, touching on the fields of medicine and psychology (clinical, social and sports). We will learn a bit about the wide range of modes of inquiry including epidemiology (population-based studies), neuroimaging, psychoneuroimmunology and cellular aging. Also, we will explore and try various interventions that have shown promise for improving happiness and health (e.g., mindfulness meditation, relaxation and imagery, positive activities). Lastly, we will think about how these principles might shape the future of psychology and medicine. In the process, we will talk through and try out key aspects of scientific methodology: searching and assessing the scientific literature, developing research questions, hypothesis testing, and (very) basic research design.

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UC 154 - First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar
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001 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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