Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Behavior Change
Spring 2012, Monday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UC Berkeley, 9 Durant Hall
Behaviors such as overeating, smoking, drinking, physical inactivity, or excessive risk taking are often difficult to change, and changing such behaviors can lead to substantial improvements in well-being and health. We will explore factors involved in behavior change from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective. This class provides a rare and exciting opportunity for students to meet leading scholars from different fields (psychology, economics, business, public health, neuroscience) on and off the Berkeley campus who will present their work as it relates to the study of behavior change. Topics of interest include emotion, motivation, cognition, decision-making, well-being, health, and social networks with a special developmental focus on adolescence and late life. Speakers will give a presentation that will be open to the public followed by an in-depth discussion limited to the class. Readings will include those related to each speaker’s work and that provide a background understanding of the topic. Students will prepare discussion questions for each speaker.
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