OSHR 1376 - The Emotional System in the Brain - How It Can Be Changed

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course will explore how you can take charge of the way you think and feel by learning more about your brain.

The brain and its manifested behaviors are shaped by the dynamic interaction of two main drivers. One is the innate unfolding of our biology and the second is the mind. We will explore how sensory experience changes the brain, and secondarily, how the brain is organized so that intentions, thoughts, and deliberate actions drive the basic behaviors associated with fear and growth. At the core of this process is understanding the neuroscience of our emotional regulation and how it can be changed by the plasticity (ability to change) mechanisms of the brain.

We will develop the idea of how the art of living is to be mindful and cultivate the "quickenings" that bring energy to our being.

Readings: Davidson, Richard J. with Begley, Sharon, The Emotional Life of Your Brain. How its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live-and How You Can Change It. ISBN 978-0-452-29888-0.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.