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    Macalester College
  Nov 20, 2017
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 372 - Health Psychology

The field of health psychology addresses three issues: 1) the ways in which psychological factors and experiences (such as stress, personality patterns, discrimination, etc.) affect health, 2) changing health behaviors and 3) the psychological effects of being ill. We will read research articles, theoretical essays, and first person accounts as a basis from which to understand these issues and also to grapple with such questions as: What exactly is “health”? What are the connections between the mind and the body? Can psychology help explain how our membership in different social groups affects our health? Why do some people get sick and others stay well? What is it like to be a patient? A doctor? How do societal ideas about illness and disability affect us? Prerequisite(s):  PSYC 100  or PSYC 201  and at least one intermediate course or permission of instructor Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)