Month: September 2016

Buddhist Brains: Understanding  cognition’s affect on physiology

Buddhist Brains: Understanding cognition’s affect on physiology

Read the article below summarizing the work of Dr. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin (GO BADGERS!!!!!) http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/dalai-lama-neuroscience-compassion/397706/ You can see a published summary of Davidson’s studies here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944261/ After reading the above, consider the following:  How does Davidson’s statement, “The best way to […]

Understanding CBT

Understanding CBT

We’ve discussed CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) at length in class! However we’ve mostly discussed the theory behind it as well as discussed the ways in which CBT dovetails with cognitive psychologist’s views of mood and anxiety disorder etiology.  But, you need to understand what CBT looks […]

To Shoot an Elephant: An examination of shared vs. personal knowledge

To Shoot an Elephant: An examination of shared vs. personal knowledge

To Shoot an Elephant?  Not exactly, “To Be or Not to Be?” However as you’ll read, it becomes almost as heavy an existential question.  While reflecting on how to move forward with you all, I thought it had been too long since we read some literature […]

Artist or Artifice?

Artist or Artifice?

We’ve been discussing art as a concept as well as “quality” as a way of assessing art. You, my students, have so astutely agreed that originality, creativity, and technical skill are key components in art creation. Thus, consider the following excerpt from the linked article […]

Investigating Social Etiology of Depression

Investigating Social Etiology of Depression

  As you know, the etiology of depression is a nuanced and complicated thing.  This post will require you to analyze the social and environmental etiological elements of the disorder. Brown and Harris (1978) developed the vulnerability model after their research found that those with […]