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.
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
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||Introduction and Overview of Course/ What is stress?||State the definition of stress.|
|Class 2||Stress theory1： Selye’s theory||Explain the Selye’s theory of stress.|
|Class 3||Stress theory2： Lazarus’ theory||Explain the Lazarus’ theory of stress.|
|Class 4||What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 1 :personal factors||Explain the personal factors lead to stressful appraisal.|
|Class 5||What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 2:situational factors||Explain the situational factors lead to stressful appraisal.|
|Class 6||What is coping?||State the definition of coping and explain the coping style.|
|Class 7||Group presentation about coping||Make a presentation based on the group work about coping.|
|Class 8||Biopsychosocial stress response||Explain the biopsychosocial stress response.|
|Class 9||Stress and illness||Explain the relationship between stress and illness.|
|Class 10||Reducing the potential for stress||Explain the function of social support.|
|Class 11||Stress control: relaxation method||Explain the relaxation method.|
|Class 12||Basic knowledge of trauma||Explain the evidence-based treatments for PTSD.|
|Class 13||Resilience||Explain the component of resilience|
|Class 14||Group presentation about stress management||Make a presentation based on the group work about stress management.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
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.
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 (42 points in total: 3 points daily), group presenations (18 points), and final report (40 points). In case less than 8 worksheets are submitted, grade will be “falling”.
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.
Mitsue NAGAMINE, nagamine.mitsue[at]ila.titech.ac.jp
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.
Should the number of applicants for this course exceed the limit, a lottery system will be used to determine which students are admitted. Be sure to attend the first class.