Introduction to Health Psychology
I took Psych 152 Mind-Body Interactions and Health. If that class title sounds very vague to you, it did also for me when I enrolled in it. Basically the class is broken into two halves. The first half of the class talks about how stress affects our health and how stress is related to certain diseases (Cardiovascular Disease, HIV/AIDS, Cancer). The second half of the class focuses on how different things we do with our bodies affect our physical health and psychological health. We talked about how exercise, yoga, tachi, and other activities improve your psychological health and consequently physical health. The class is graded on three things. Six writing assignments worth 30% of your grade. A midterm and final both 35%. The writing assignments basically worked like this: if you did them you got full points. So everyone pretty much got all the points for that 30%. Exams weren't too bad. They were very slide heavy--you got tested from mostly from what was on the slides. You can probably get away with a decent grade w/o reading the assigned textbook, but "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" is a very easy read and pretty enjoyable textbook at that. So you should read it! Not too had to get an A in this class.
Spring 2019 - Structure: Jointly lectured with Mahrer. There were lots and lots of guest lectures which were really engaging and relevant to the material being taught. 3 exams, drop the lowest so if you do well you dont have to take the final. Exams were relatively easy. Be able to not only recognize terms but apply the concepts to new situations. She was very fair with test questions and even offered bonus points and gave everyone credit for ambiguous / poorly worded questions. 2 chances for extra credit worth 2% of your grade. iClicker questions 3-6 questions per lecture, for participation only. If you get 80% participation you get full participation credit, so you are allowed to miss a certain number of lectures without penalty. She also provided a final grade calculator on excel midway through the quarter so you could test out your scores to decide whether or not to take the final or do the extra credit. Overall this class was great and pretty easy, and interesting! I was not expecting to be interested in this class but it was my favorite of the quarter.