Professor: Jerome L. Short, Ph.D.
Office: David King Hall 2019
Office Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 Tuesdays
Required Textbook. There is no required textbook for this course. There are required readings in Blackboard.Course Learning Outcomes: You will develop the following skills.
A+ = 97% or more; A = 93 – 96%; A- = 90 - 92%; B+ = 87 - 89%; B = 83 - 86%; B- = 80 - 82%;
C+ = 77 - 79%; C = 73 - 76%; C- = 70 - 72%; D = 60 - 69%; F = below 60%Course Modules, Readings, and Assignment Dates: Weeks 1-3 Jan. 22 – Feb. 10 Defining Psychological Fitness Ryff, C. D. (2014). Psychological well-being revisited: Advances in the science and practice of eudaimonia. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83, 10-28. Short, J. L. (2012). Psychological fitness for older adults: A pilot intervention. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 20(1), 71-84. Seligman, M.E.P. (2019). Positive psychology: A personal history. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 15. (23 pages) Fritz, M. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2018). Whither happiness? When, how, and why might positive activities undermine well-being. In Forgas, J.P., and Baumeister, R.F., (eds) The Social Psychology of Living Well, 96-108. New York, NY: Routledge. The Quantified Self video Quiz 1 due Monday 2.3 on first 3 articles Quiz 2 due Monday 2.10 on last article and video Module 2 Feb. 11–24 Healthy Thinking Cary, B. (2015). How we learn: The surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens. New York: Random House. Chapter 1 (pp. 3-20) and Appendix (pp. 223-228). Carver, C. S. & Scheier, M. F. (2014). Dispositional optimism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(6), 293-299. Layous, K., Sweeny, K., Armenta, C., Na, S., Choi, I., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2017). The proximal experience of gratitude. PLoS ONE, 12(7). Crum, A. J., Salovey, P., & Achor, S. (2013). Rethinking stress: The role of mindsets in determining the stress response. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104(4), 716-733. Intelligence Mindset video - Carol Dweck. Mindfulness videos by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ellen Langer. Discussion Board 1 due Wednesday 2.12 Quiz 3 due Monday 2.17 on first 3 articles, Mindset video, and learning, memory, outlook PowerPoint. Complete Time 1 Fitness Survey on Tuesday 2.18 and submit to Blackboard Begin recording 14-day logs of 5 Psychological Exercises by Wednesday, 2.19 Quiz 4 due Monday 2.24 Module 3 Feb. 25 – March 10 Healthy Identity Fu, A. S., Plaut, V. C., Treadway, J. R., & Markus, H. R. (2014). Places, products, and people “make each other up”: Culture cycles of self and well-being. In P. J. Rentfrow (Ed.) Geographical psychology: Exploring the interaction of environment and behavior (pp. 275-300). Washington, DC, US: American Psych. Assoc. Meevissen, Y.M.C., Peters, M.L., & Alberts, H.J.E.M. (2011). Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 371-378, Power Poser video by Amy Cuddy Quiz 5 due Monday 3.2 Submit 5 Exercise Logs by Tuesday 3.3 Complete Time 2 Fitness Survey on Wednesday 3.4 and submit to Blackboard Module 3 continued Moral Health Myers, D.G. (2018). Religious engagement and living well. In Forgas, J.P., and Baumeister, R.F., (eds) The Social Psychology of Living Well, 127-149. New York, NY: Routledge. Hall-Simmonds, A., & McGrath, R.E.(2017). Character strengths and clinical presentation. The Journal of Positive Psychology. Moral Roots video by Jonathan Haidt Quiz 6 due Monday 3.16 Spring Break is March 9 – 15 Module 4 Mar. 18 – April 14 Healthy Behaviors Discussion Board 2 Responses due Tuesday 3.24 Prakash, R.S., Voss, M.W., Erickson, K.I., & Kramer, A.F. (2015). Physical activity and cognitive vitality. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 769-797. DiNoia, J. (2014). Defining powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:130390. Wilckens, K.A., Ferrarelli, F., Walker, M.P., & Buysse, D.J. (2018). Decreases in self-reported sleep duration among U.S. adolescents 2009-2015 and association with new media screen time. Trends in Neurosciences, 41(7), 470-482. Sleep video – Matthew Walker Discussion Board 2 Responses due Tuesday 3.24 Quiz 7 due Monday 3.30 on Healthy Behaviors Module 4 continued Emotional Health Fritz, M. M. Walsh, Lyubomirsky, S. (2017). Staying happier. In Robinson, M., Eid, M. (eds.) The Happy Mind: Cognitive contributions to well-being. Springer International. Marroquin, B., Tennen, H., Stanton, A.L. (2017). Coping, emotion regulation, and well-being: Intrapersonal and interpersonal processes. In Robinson, M., Eid, M. (eds.) The Happy Mind: Cognitive contributions to well-being. Springer International. Happiness video - Daniel Gilbert Quiz 8 due Monday 4.6 Fitness Study due Monday, 4.13. Module 5 Apr. 15 - May 4 Healthy Relationships Johnson, M. (2015). Making marriage and other relationships work. In S. J. Lynn, W. T. O’Donohue, & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.) Health, happiness, and well-being (pp. 318-340). Los Angeles, CA: Sage. Allen, K. D., Shriver, M. D., & Nadler, C. (2015). Raising our kids well: Guidelines for positive parenting. In S. J. Lynn, W. T. O’Donohue, & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.) Health, happiness, and well-being (pp. 369-404). Los Angeles, CA: Sage. Discussion Board 3 due Sunday 4.21 Quiz 9 due Monday 4.27 Module 5 continued Sexual Health Fite, R. A. (2015). The joys of loving. In S. J. Lynn, W. T. O’Donohue, & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.) Health, happiness, and well-being (pp. 341-368). Los Angeles, CA: Sage. De Jong, D.C., Adams, K.N., & Reis, H.T. (2018). Predicting women's emotional responses to hooking up: Do motives matter? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(4), 532-556. Quiz 10 due Monday 5.4 Extra Credit due Monday, May 4 No final exam University Policies and Resources a. Student Responsibilities About Communication: Mason uses electronic mail to provide official information to students. 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