Wesleyan Institute of Lifelong Learning

Courses

Positive Psychology

In this seminar we will examine current theory, research, and practice in the field of positive psychology—the study of emotions, traits, and institutions that promote adaptive and healthy psychological functioning. We will start by discussing whether it is even possible to define and assess adaptive and healthy psychological functioning objectively—especially in relation to aging. Then we’ll explore some of the newest research on the psychological and physiological effects of positive emotions and on the success of attempts to modify and improve mood states. Finally, we will examine some of the specific, empirically-supported techniques used to improve states and traits, such as meditation and guided writing and imagery exercises.

William Arsenio

Four Thursdays:
5–6:30 P.M. in the Butterfield room
March 10, 17, 24, April 7 * Note date change for last class

Course Instructor

William Arsenio is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Research Training at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. He and his students are currently interested in how children and adults learn to regulate and control their mood states using empirically supported techniques from positive psychology (e.g., meditation, directed writing, and lifestyle modifications).