Science of Stress (Gen Ed 1162)

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Katie A. McLaughlin

Stress is a universal human experience. What is stress and why do we experience it? How does stress influence our emotions and the way we think and behave? What are common causes of stress in our modern world? What are the consequences of stress for our health and well-being? Why are some people more vulnerable to developing stress-related illnesses than others? And perhaps most importantly – what are the most effective strategies for coping with stress?

This course will address these questions with a particular focus on translating advances in the science of stress to help students learn how to manage stress more effectively in their lives. Students who take this course will: Develop knowledge of the stress response, including the neurobiological systems that govern our responses to stress and how they can influence our emotions, cognition, and behavior; Learn to identify causes of stress in the environment and the types of experiences that are likely to trigger a stress response; Develop an understanding of the long-term effects of stress on our health and well-being and how stressful experiences might contribute to disparities in health; Learn skills for adapting to stress—by actively testing a series of evidence-based stress management skills, students will develop a toolkit of strategies for responding to stress effectively in their own lives; Become informed consumers of the scientific literature on stress.