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PDV 95 — Mindsets Matter: Strategies for Improving Your Performance, Health, and Well-Being

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 19—Nov 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Kari Leibowitz
Limit: 70
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 19—Nov 16
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 21
1 Unit
Kari Leibowitz
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
When you exercise, is it a chore or an indulgence? When you take a new medication, do you think about how it will help you heal, or do you worry about side effects? Do you avoid or embrace stress? Your answers to questions like these can reveal how mindsets—thoughts, beliefs, and expectations, conscious or otherwise—shape your life. Drawing from cutting-edge research in psychology, medicine, and behavioral economics, this course will illustrate how powerfully, and sometimes surprisingly, mindsets impact our motivation, performance, health, and well-being. We’ll see how cultivating the mindset that exercise is fun and indulgent can help us enjoy movement more. We will learn how stress can improve work performance when we adopt the right stress mindset. And we will see how the mindsets that form in the doctor’s office influence how our bodies respond to sickness. We will also take the latest research and apply it to our lives as we see how adopting more useful mindsets is not only possible but also necessary for us to thrive. We will combine scientific research with experiential exercises to understand and shape our mindsets. Students will leave with a scientific understanding of the power of mindsets as well as practical strategies for adopting useful mindsets.

No psychology background is necessary, but a willingness to explore, reflect, and discuss in a group setting is required.

Health Psychologist

Kari Leibowitz is a health psychologist who researches the influence of mindsets on health and well-being. Leibowitz received a PhD in social psychology from Stanford, where she worked in the Stanford Mind & Body Lab. She has served as a US-Norway Fulbright Fellow and as the program coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic and The New York Times.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.