A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.
The key to a healthy life is often believed to be diet and exercise, but equally significant are the positive and negative effects of the mind on a person’s well-being. In fact, it is the combination of biological, social, and psychological factors that determines if we are in good or poor health.
In this course, psychologist Traci Mann will examine evidence that shows how the things that go on inside the mind affect the body. She will share how perceptions of the mind-body relationship have changed throughout history, and detail the primary pathways through which the outside gets in: 1) through the effects of stress on every system of the body and 2) through healthy (or unhealthy) behaviors, which are strongly influenced by psychological factors.
The influence of thoughts, beliefs, stresses, emotions, and behaviors on our bodies is undeniable. Join Mann to learn how to use this knowledge to prevent disease, reduce stress, and improve your health.
Traci Mann, PhD, Stanford University, is a Professor of Social and Health Psychology at the University of Minnesota. As founder and principal investigator of the Health and Eating Laboratory, her research aims to understand the behaviors associated with eating regulation, body image, and self-control. She is the author of Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again (Harper Wave, 2015).