Integrative Biology 24, Section 4

The Biology of Stress and Resilience: A practical toolkit (1 unit, P/NP)

Friday 9:00-11:00, 5053 Valley Life Sciences Building, Class number: 21573

Exposure to stress is an inevitable part of life and the body’s response to stress can shape mental and physiological health, bearing a significant impact on life quality and wellbeing. There is tremendous individual variation across a full spectrum from resilience to vulnerability—exposure to stress can be motivating and enhance the performance of some but induce anxiety and impede performance in others.
In this seminar, we will discuss the biological basis for the Impact of stress on the brain from cellular to behavioral functions and stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders (such as depression, trauma and anxiety), and we will learn and practice tools like mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude to increase and sustain resilience and wellbeing. While the journey to develop resilience is complex and personal, the goal of this class will be to gain a scientific understanding of the process and develop your own toolkit for building up your inner strength and effectively adapting to adversity.


This seminar will combine neuroscience concepts and contemplative and introspective practices. Everyone is welcome. There is no background needed in either, just open curiosity, and willingness to participate and practice. <br>