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PSY 08 — The Neuroscience of Emotions and Regulation

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Marwa Azab
Duration: 4 weeks
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 31—Aug 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Wednesdays
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Tuition: $320
   
Refund Deadline: Aug 2
 
Unit(s): 0
   
Enrollment Limit: 40
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Wednesdays
Duration: 4 weeks
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 31—Aug 21
Unit(s): 0
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $320
 
Refund Deadline: Aug 2
 
Instructor(s): Marwa Azab
 
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 40
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
 
As humans, we often feel at the mercy of our emotions. From a disproportionate outburst of anger to impulsive spending or sudden, intense jealousy, everyone encounters moments when emotions temporarily take control. But what if we could manage our emotions more effectively? Advances in neuroscience and psychology help us understand how emotions are generated in the brain, and we can use that knowledge to better manage and regulate our responses. This awareness can have far-reaching implications for fostering mental health, positive relationships, and our general quality of life. This course will provide a foundational understanding of the neuroscience of emotions and regulation, exploring how emotions are constructed in the brain and how they influence thoughts, decisions, and relationships.

Together, we will first define emotions and tease apart their distinctions from moods and traits. Using the latest research, we will explore the power of “averse” emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness and “attractive” emotions such as joy, awe, hope, and contentment. We will practice tested techniques to explore effective emotion regulation strategies and highlight their transformative impact on the brain. The course will conclude with an overview of common emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety, to better equip us with a nuanced understanding of the role emotions play in our mental health and to help us build strong relationships and lead a meaningful, joyful, and fulfilling life.

MARWA AZAB
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, CSU Long Beach

Marwa Azab received a PhD in neuroscience from UC Irvine. She is the author of Anxiety Disorders: Etiological, Cognitive & Neuroscientific Perspectives and writes the “Neuroscience in Everyday Life” blog for Psychology Today. She is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in various media outlets, including ABC News, NBC News, The Daily Mail, Psychiatry.News, Vogue, KPCC, KGO radio, BBC Reel, and Vice.