If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, childhood and development… A must read for students.

The Body and the Brain

The Body and the Brain

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Learning Objectives – At the End of the Chapter You Will Be Able To…

  • Deconstruct the body according to the stratified layers of the LIFE model
  • Appreciate the dynamics of the mind–body relationship
  • Approach wellbeing from a biochemical perspective
  • Reflect on the role of genetics in psychological outcomes
  • Consider the relationship between neural functioning and positive mental states
  • Understand the contribution to wellbeing played by elements of the nervous system
  • Appreciate the importance of expressions of the body, such as dance, art and music

List of Topics…

  • Psychosomatic and somatopsychic effects
  • Biochemical ‘building blocks’
  • Genetics and gene therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Neural networks
  • Electroencephalography and neurofeedback
  • The nervous system
  • The ‘fight/flight’ response
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Phenomenology and ‘the gaze’
  • Dance and movement
  • Art and ...
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