2011 - 2/17/2011 Happiness (exam, know mult choice and 4...

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2/17/2011 Happiness (exam, know mult choice and 4 short answer; know basic ideas) I) Psychologists were slow to study happiness A) Our job as psychologists is to get people back to neutral B) Happiness is a luxury, when times are good, we can reflect on happiness C) Measurement difficulties II) Assessment of Happiness (well being) A) Satisfaction with life Scale A.1) Is it valid? (A.1.a) Responses turn out to relate to happiness A.2) Do the questions mean the same things to everyone? B) Cortical Activation B.1) Reliable signature of people who are happy and unhappy- (B.1.a) More brain activation in left cerebral hemisphere than right in happy people (B.1.b) Some people have “won cortical lottery” and naturally have more activation in left hemisphere B.1.b.i Drugs help people who have not “won” lottery B.1.b.iiCognitive oriented therapy B.2) Expensive B.3) Not very “ecological” C) The experience sampling method C.1) Some kind of beeping device when randomly beeps, you rate how happy
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2011 - 2/17/2011 Happiness (exam, know mult choice and 4...

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