Emotions, Thoughts and Health
Emotions, Thoughts and Health: What All Aging Bodies Should Know (UCSF Osher Mini Medical School). Our brains change as we age, and how we think and feel changes too. Could it be that paying attention to our daily lives and our aging brains might slow our cellular aging? Or that certain emotional interactions can predict relationship happiness decades later? In these programs from UCSF's Osher Mini Medical School, researchers and experts share the latest science on the intersection between cognition, emotion, health and aging. It's an exciting new frontier and you - and your brain - won't want to miss it! (from uctv.tv)
1. Emotion and Aging: Exploding the Misery Myth
Professor Laura Carstensen says that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome as we age is a phenomenon called the misery myth.
2. Exploring the Crossroads of Attention and Memory in the Aging Brain: Views from the Inside
Dr. Adam Gazzaley studies the neural mechanisms of memory and attention, how these processes change with normal aging and dementia, and how we might intervene therapeutically to alleviate memory and attention deficits.
3. Emotions, Stress, and Rate of Telomere Shortening: Are Our Cells Listening to Us?
Elissa Epel, UCSF department of psychiatry, explores the effects of stress and emotions on the process of telomere shortening.
4. The Aging but Resilient Brain: Keeping Neurons Happy
Professor Joel Kramer explores the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging, and interventions that may optimize cognitive functioning as we age.
5. How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths
Robert Levenson, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, explores the changes in emotion that occur with age.
6. Emotions, Decisions and Behavior across the Lifespan: Surprises from Social Psychology
Professor Wendy Berry Mendes explores how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behavior and emotions.
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