Academic Lecture Series–Psychology Today

library shelvesA collaboration by the Brookdale Community College faculty and Lifelong Learning

Psychology, Neuroscience, And Mindfulness:  An Introduction – Feb 7

Joshua Cohen, PhD and Erin Mendoza, PhD

Better understand the brain body connection to improve your overall well-being. Learn how mindfulness, awareness that emerges by intentional, nonjudgmental focus on the unfolding of present experience, interacts with the brain and other organ systems. We will discuss how the biological changes associated with mindfulness correlate with emotions, thinking skills and behavior. Be introduced to brief guided mindfulness practices.

Fixed Versus Growth Mindsets – Feb 14

Raj Wesley, PhD

Contrary to popular belief, high achievement is not merely a product
of talent and ability. A person with a fixed mindset believes that his or her intelligence is unchangeable, while a person with a growth mindset believes that his or her intelligence can be further developed. The distinction between these two extremes has tremendous implications for motivation, productivity, and confidence. The good news is, a growth mindset can be taught. Dr. Wesley is actively engaged in research at Brookdale and strategies that can be employed to increase the growth mindset.

Intergenerational Trauma: The New Science Of Epigenetics And What It Means For You And Your Family – Feb 21

Laura McCullough, MFA and Leslie Greenley, MSW

Epigenetics reveals that family issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more are passed down biologically. Drawing on positive psychology, family constellation theory, recent breakthroughs in Post Traumatic Growth paradigms, and narrative-emotional therapy, we will explore family dynamics and healing strategies through family story and memory.

Positive Psychology – Mar 7

Diane Lang, MA

Explore the rapidly growing field of Positive Psychology. In the past we have focused on what is wrong and not working in our lives. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of well-being and optimal functioning. It is a strength-based approach to mental health which uses coaching as a process. This practical science can be applied to help people increase their well-being, build resiliency, learn their strengths and enhance their overall life satisfaction. Positive Psychology approaches can help alleviate and prevent mild to moderate depression and help people bounce back from adversity and feel happier. Our own personal happiness is a vital key to how effective we are in our daily lives. We know that happiness is also one of the most effective health interventions.

Thurs, Feb 7-Mar 7, 11:45 am-1:15 pm (no lecture Feb 28)
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 273