PSYC 414
Minding the Mind: Evaluating the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness Fall 2022
Division III

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While mindfulness, both in idea and practice, has been around for centuries, its popularity has dramatically increased in recent years. But what is “mindfulness” and how effective is it in addressing psychiatric and/or physical conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or chronic pain? In this course, we will examine mindfulness through both its popular depictions as well as through the critical evaluation of the scientific literature. We will investigate how mindfulness practices affect biological, behavioral, and cognitive processes. We will consider the myriad ways that mindfulness has been applied in “real world” settings including mental health, education, and interpersonal relationships.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1976
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students are expected to participate in and periodically lead class discussions. Students will write three 5-7 page papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: senior Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III

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