Final Lecture - DavidMyersGuestLecturer

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David Myers Guest Lecturer 15:19 A more positive psychology for the twenty-first century? Seligman’s Three pillars of positive psychology: Positive subjective well-being Life satisfaction/happiness/optimism What is Subjective Well-Being? 1. Feeling Happy:  2. Thinking life is satisfying How happy are people? 1. Self reports are mostly positive Can we Trust These Self Reports Are Happy people “in denial”? The Happiness thermometers may read a little high, yet… Self report measures are: Reliable Correlated with experience samplings Correlated with positive indicators Correlated with others’ reports The only measures of subjective well-being Who is Happy? 1. Young, middle-aged, or old? No difference between ages 2. Women or men? No difference between sex Women and men do differ in social disorders Depression more common among women Schizophrenia more common among men 60:40
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Well-Being and Being Well-Off The presumption that money buys happiness 73% said yes Does money buy happiness? Are people happier if they live in rich countries? Within a country, are the richest the happiest The human adaptive capacity (If only euphoric joey could last…)
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Subliminal Perceptions 15:19 Is there a relationship between attitude and pupil size Women looking at Mother’s and babies had biggest change A stimulus is subliminal when it is perceived correctly less than 50% of the time it is  presented The Vicary Hoax 1/24 th  of a second may not be subliminal , No control group reported At best only 1/16 th  would have seen stimuli correctly due to needs, values, past  experience, fatigue
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Final Lecture - DavidMyersGuestLecturer

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