2017 Psychology C

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Nagamine Mitsue 
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Mon3-4(W241)  Thr3-4(W241)  
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to provide the science of stress from the viewpoint of psychophysiology: from the history of the field and its major advances, to the latest research on topics. Several relaxation techniques are also demonstrated during the class.

The main goals of this course are to acquaint you with the field of stress science and utilize stress management to your own everyday life.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this this course, students will:
1) become familiar with the various facts of the field of stress science.
2) be able to think critically stress science.
3) utilize knowledges of stress science and stress management to everyday life.


stress, health psychology, relaxation, stress management

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each theme is dealt with over one or two classes. Lectures, small group discussion, videos and other means combined in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and Overview of Course
Class 2 What is stress? State the definition of stress.
Class 3 Stress theory1: Selye’s theory Explain the Selye’s theory of stress.
Class 4 Stress theory2: Lazarus’ theory Explain the Lazarus’ theory of stress.
Class 5 What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 1 :personal factors Explain the personal factors lead to stressful appraisal.
Class 6 What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 2:situational factors Explain the situational factors lead to stressful appraisal.
Class 7 What is coping? State the definition of coping and explain the coping style.
Class 8 Group presentation about coping Make a presentation based on the group work about coping.
Class 9 Biopsychosocial stress response Explain the biopsychosocial stress response.
Class 10 Stress and illness Explain the relationship between stress and illness.
Class 11 Reducing the potential for stress Explain the function of social support.
Class 12 Stress control: relaxation method Explain the relaxation method.
Class 13 Basic knowledge of trauma Explain the evidence-based treatments for PTSD.
Class 14 Resilience Explain the component of resilience
Class 15 Group presentation about stress management Make a presentation based on the group work about stress management.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference book:
R.S. Lazarus& S. Folkman, Stress, Appraisal, and Coping, New York: Springer, ISBN-13 978-0826141910 (English)
Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Each student writes a worksheet at every class. One short reports, two group presentaions and a final exam will be given.

Assessment will be based on: “worksheet” written in every classes (30 points in total: 2 points daily), one short report (10 points), group presenation (10 points), and final exam (50 points). In case less than 9 worksheets are submitted, grade will be “falling”.

Related courses

  • LAH.S105 : Psychology A
  • LAH.S205 : Psychology B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Prospective students should be familiar with various facts of the field of psychology. Students are desired to complete “Psychology A” or “Psychology B” or have equivalent knowledge.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Mitsue NAGAMINE, nagamine.mitsue[at]ila.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.


When the number of applicants exceeds the quota, it will be limited. To manage the number of applicants, students are required to attend the first class.

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