2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 18, 2022  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 291 - The Psychology of Mindfulness

This capstone seminar will examine the intersection between contemplative practice such as mindfulness meditation and recent empirical research in cognitive neuroscience, affective science, and clinical psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the history and origins of mindfulness practices, the scientific study of the practices, and adaptations of mindfulness practices by Western scientists for the treatment of psychological disorders and enhancement of well-being.  

Key questions this course will address include: 1) What is contemplative practice and how does mindfulness influence psychological well-being? 2) What are the historical origins of mindfulness practices and how have such practices been adapted by Western scientists? 3) How does Western empirical inquiry inform our understanding of mindfulness (i.e. mechanisms)?

Prerequisites for this course require a grade of C- or better

This course fulfills the capstone requirement of the Psychology major.

Prerequisites: PSYC 108 - Experimental Methods in Psychology  & PSYC 109 - Qualitative Methods in Psychology  & ONE MID LEVEL SEMINAR (PSYC 236-259)

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered periodically