You’re the teacher!

Congrats! You’re a teacher! As luck would have it, your first unit of instruction is Hormones and Neurotransmitters! You’ve taught the units, but now you need to develop an assessment so you know what your students know! (and what they don’t). So, make a copy of the following resource: YOU’RE THE TEACHER and get to work!

Designing A Health Promotion Campaign


Your task is to design a health promotion campaign that is research based and grounded in empirically supported models and theories of health promotion (this is a Health Psych Learning outcome)

Your Requirements and resulting procedure is as follows:

  1.  What element of wellness do you want to promote!?
  2. Who is your “target population”?
  3. Which social cognition model (TRA, HBM, SET=>TPB or PHA)  or health promotion strategy does your campaign leverage? 
  4. Explain how your promotion campaign is related to the aforementioned model or strategy. What element of the model or strategy does your campaign leverage in order to be successful?
  5. Design a plan of implementation
  6. Explain why you think this plan would work!
  7. Create 1 artifact…POSTER; plan for commercial; print ad; banner add online, brochure.

Metacognition and Coping with Stress

School is stressful–senior year is stressful!  But of course it doesn’t HAVE to be. As we’ve learned in class, stress (the physiological response) is largely cognitive in nature. The activity below will help you to identify some of your own cognitive biases and uncover how you may be exacerbating your stress levels!  It will also require that you engage in research around coping strategies.


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!!!!!)


You can see a published summary of Davidson’s studies here:

After reading the above, consider the following: 

  1. How does Davidson’s statement, “The best way to activate positive emotion circuits in the brain is through generosity” relate to the research discussed by Kelly McGonigal in her Ted Talk on Stress? 
  2. What is the cognitive change that Davidson investigates? 
  3. What is the physiological change that results from the the aforementioned cognitive change? 
  4. What are some possible implications for his findings?