Course: PSY317
Instructor: Keiko Brynildsen
S 2016

Description of Course Goals and Curriculum

The objectives of this course are to understand the psychosocial processes that influence health and health care delivery.  Topics to be examined are the psychophysiological and social bases of health and illness; pain; adaptation to chronic illness; stress and coping; personality and illness; dying; substance use; eating behaviors; health-promoting behaviors; patient adherence; physician-patient communication; and using health care. This class meets twice a week for 50 minute lectures, and once a week for 50 minute precept. There is a midterm and final exam, book chapter, and an oral presentation in class.
Take good notes during lecture!

Learning From Classroom Instruction

Prof. Brynildsen flies through many studies throughout each lecture, and you will be tested on the specific details of each study. Make sure that you are good at taking notes and that you go to each lecture! In precept you get to discuss some of these studies in more detail, using the aid of weekly blackboard readings.

Learning For and From Assignments

The book chapter assignment helps you understand how one writes a textbook, and allows you to become an expert in one areas of health psychology. The oral presentation is a great way to discover an issue or psychological phenomena that you are interested in. The tests give you an opportunity to recall all of the knowledge that you have learned in lecture.

External Resources

American Psychological Association (2009).  Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. [ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5].

What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course Selection

This class is a good generic psychology course which can appeal to non-psych majors as well. Just keep in mind that there are lots of studies to learn, so it may be hard to comprehend all of the material during lecture. Try to take good notes.
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