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  • PSYCHOLOGY 126    Section:

    HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    Winter Quarter 2005

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 41 and 101.
    Course Goals: Health Psychology focuses on the role of psychosocial processes in health promotion and maintenance, illness prevention and treatment, and the relationship between psychosocial factors and physiological processes involved in health and disease.  This course will familiarize you with 1) psychological theory (e.g., pertaining to stress, coping, personality, cognition) and physiological knowledge (e.g., in areas of immunology, endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology) relevant to health psychology, 2) research methods employed in the field, and 3) the research database in the field.  I hope that you will come away from this course with a better appreciation of your own (and others?) health, as well as an understanding of the importance of examining issues of health and disease from a biopsychosocial perspective

    Format: Classes will include lectures and videos; questions and discussion are always welcome.

    Topics:
    Introduction to Health Psychology
    Biological factors in health and disease
            genetics
            immune system
    Psychological factors in health and disease     
            placebo effects
            stress and neuroendocrinology
            psychoneuroimmunology   
            coping
    Social factors in health and disease                    
            social support
            cultural influences
    Health behaviors
    Smoking
    AIDS    
    Cardiovascular disease
    Student health

    Grading:
    There will be three exams and a final (which is optional if you take all 3 midterms).  In addition there will be opportunities for extra credit.  Final grades will be based on straight percentages of total maximum points.

    Text(s):

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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    6 Olson M W   2:10 PM - 4:00 PM http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/courses/capitanio/psc126/
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    John Capitanio , Ph.D. * Primate Center MW 4-5:30