The Psychology of Human Nature: Altruism, Conformity and Happiness
Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College
Each class will be presented from 7:00 – 8:30 PM EDT
Part 1 – September 21st
Part 2 – September 23rd
Part 3 – September 28th
This up-to-the-minute course will examine some of the most fascinating questions about human nature, including; how do social norms guide virtually all aspects of our lives, from what we wear, to the car we drive, to how we vote. Why do people in groups tend to behave badly? Is there wisdom in crowds? Why do people engage in prosocial behavior, from donating to charity to volunteering to giving blood? Is altruism rooted in our biology, a desire to feel good about ourselves, or true concern and compassion for others? How do money, age, and marriage influence happiness? What are the three components of well-being? We’ll explore how psychological factors influence virtually all aspects of our lives, and learn science-based strategies for finding greater happiness.