Analyzing AA: Evaluating treatment programs

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Read the incredibly interesting Atlantic article titled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” linked here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous/386255/

While reading, fill out the following chart: AA Analyzed with the the goal of addressing the learning outcome, “Examine prevention strategies and treatments for substance abuse and addictive behavior”

Exercise mitigates stress…but why?

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Utilize the resources below with the goal of answering the question posed by this post!

  • Read this post from the American Psychological Association (APA) discussing the ways in which exercise can decrease the physiological effects of stress

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/exercise-stress.aspx

**What is the key conceptual commonality that the 3 resources above share????***

NEUROGENESIS

**What do we know about increased brain connectivity in the frontal lobe????***

Shrink your plate to shrink your stomach: Research on anchoring and the social effects on eating

 

Some amazing studies have been conducted by Brian Wansink, professor at Cornell University and Author of the book, “Mindless Eating.” 

His famous, “endless soup” bowl study is linked below and illustrates the role of visual cues in hunger. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15761167

His equally famous “chinese buffet” study regarding plate size is truly incredible. This can be likened to Daniel Kahnman’s research on cognitive anchoring, however Wansink refers to a large plate as acting as a “visual anchor.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24341317

Rat Park: An incredibly interesting experiment on the social and cognitive factors of addiction

http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comics_en/rat-park/

Read and document the above study (click the picture) on societal factors of addiction! It’s really incredible! But makes intuitive sense!

After reading, answer the following questions:

  1. What social psychology principals come to mind while contemplating the results of the study?
  2. What other study regarding cognitive factors (from our cognitive unit of study) corroborates or reinforces the theories regarding addiction inherent in the illustrated study? (cite a specific study).
  3. Other thoughts/ideas/musings/conclusions?

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

A Healthy Mind can often lead to a healthy body and certainly vice versa due to the bi-directionality of wellness. 

Your task is to understand the cognitive, social and Physiological factors of obesity and then design a prevention program grounded in psychological rationale and research. 

Your Learning Activity guide is linked below:

Developing a Treatment Program for Obesity