ESP Biography


Major: Psychology

College/Employer: Lesley University

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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S8316: The Science of Brain Health in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
We all know what it takes to be considered healthy: sleep eight hours a night; eat a well-balanced meal; exercise regularly; etc. etc. But why? How does such a simple task affect our body’s physiology? This class will go into topics of why sleep, diet, exercise, stress, nature and social interaction are beneficial at the ____ level. The topic of sleep will cover the different sleep waves, REM and it’s affects, and how the best way to get the most out of sleep is. Diet will cover the importance of maintaining one’s blood sugar, the importance of fatty acids and how different drinks can affect our health. Exercise will cover the amount and type that is best for the body, and the affects on blood circulation and respiratory system. Stress will cover the negative affects of cortisol, how different work environments are better than others, and the affects of chronic sitting. The affect of nature on the brain will cover the difference in brain functions of someone interacting with nature versus someone who is not and those affects and how it has been shaped by evolution with our environment. Then I will discuss the side effects of the environment we live in today. Last but not least, social interaction will cover oxytocin and serotonin and how it changes our clarity and confidence while being social. I will also explain how this has come about through evolution.