Election Day Reading!

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Since we’ll be in the PAC watching the returns, here are two articles you should read between prognostications! Be ready to discuss both next class!

The Brains of Buddhists: A great Atlantic Piece elucidating the work of Richard Davidson. Excellent for LOs of evaluating coping strategies of stress as well as BLOA cognitive effect on physiological process!

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/dalai-lama-neuroscience-compassion/397706/

Generation Adderall: Really interesting New York Times piece by a former Adderall addict

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/magazine/generation-adderall-addiction.html

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.

understanding-stressors-and-investigating-coping

Baboon Bullies; Stress and Physiology

Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford with one of his subjects

Read the article linked below discussing the work of Robert Sapolsky and his research into Baboon Hierarchies, the hormone cortisol, stress response and the environment’s effect on physiology below:

Spolsky article on stress

If you don’t like the PDF linked above, you can read the online version here:

http://www.wired.com/2010/07/ff_stress_cure/

**We’ll discuss how the contents affect our understanding of psychology in general, as well as the BLOA learning outcomes in particular next class!!!***

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

 

As we watch the National Geographic Documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer you must follow along actively using the following note taking guide custom designed JUST FOR YOU!!! Awesome! 

Stress Portrait of a Killer Video Notes

Also, make sure you’re taking in all the above while simultaneously considering the research and corresponding thesis put forth by Kelly Mcgonigal (http://kellymcgonigal.com) regarding mindset and stress.

Below is a Stanford Report article highlighting the main findings of Robert Sapolsky regarding stress’ physiological effects: 

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2001/february21/aaassapolsky-221.html