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

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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