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Broken Hearts

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I feel I should warn everyone that this weeks topic is pretty sad. We'll be talking about grieving. So give yourself a break if you cry reading some of these, and also maybe plan something fun for after? Like read them just before renting a funny silly movie or something!

There are 4 articles for this week. The first three are a series about a women who lost her husband during the attacks of 9/11.

1) 13.torres.ghost.pdf

2) 14.torres.whatif.pdf

3) 15.torres.foundlost.pdf

The 4th article is about the science behind dying of a broken heart:

On Monday we'll be talking about the psychology of grieving and what it can do to the body, but also about what kinds of things help a person who is grieving. This is kind of an extension of the social support discussion. Think a little bit about what your assumptions are about grieving. What do you think YOU'D want to hear? Have you ever tried to comfort someone who has lost someone only to feel like you may have made them feel worse? Or were you at a loss of what to say or do?

Data Blitzzzz!

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Today in class we'll spend a few minutes going over the data blitz, discussing the teams, and assigning the topics to those teams. We'll also go over this document, which is a set of guidelines for the data blitz.

Data Blitz Guidelines.docx

Here are a couple of powerpoint slides, referenced in the above document. These slides are ONLY designed to give you, in the most basic sense, an idea of how much text (and at what font size) should go on a given slide. The first is an example title slide, and the second is an example substantive slide. Don't worry about WHAT the slides say--just use the format as a guideline. Of course you're slides will be far prettier and more interesting!

Example slides for blitz.pptx

See you shortly!

Continuing our conversation on support. . .

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So next week we'll be continuing our conversation on giving and receiving social support from our partners, and it's impact on our health.

We are going to have you read 2 articles this week.

The first is from Men's Health, and is written by the guy who plays Lutz on 30 Rock--funny!

Invisible Support Men's Health Article.pdf

The second is a little more "heady", so take it slow! Read it twice if you have to! One time when I was in college i had to read an entire book twice because I missed too much the first time around!

NOTE: YOU ONLY HAVE TO READ THROUGH PAGE 23 (finish the section on "costs of support").

Journal of Family Theory & Review 2009 Rafaeli.pdf

See you next Monday! Come ready to chat about these ideas, please.

Relationships and Goals

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Wow, can you believe we're over half way through the semester?!

We're going to take a new tack for the article this week (and apologies for being a couple of days late for posting it--we were debating if this was a good choice). We're going to read one highly relevant (and relatively readable) original piece of research. That is, this is a traditional psychology journal article with all the usual trappings--an intro, methods and results and a discussion section.

Read it slowly and carefully and come prepared with all of your questions. Please read all of the sections of the paper, even though certain parts of them might read like gibberish (like all of the statistics), and write out the questions you have about the research (why they did X as described in the methods section? What does it mean when they say Y?). I know you're all very intelligent readers, but this is my way of saying, prepare for jargon, and let's talk about that jargon on Monday.

In the mean time, have a great week and weekend, and think carefully about how our close friends/family/partners might help us achieve (or make it harder for us to achieve) our goals (specifically our health goals!).

Psychological Science 2011 Fitzsimons.pdf

Readings for Next Week

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So, there are 3 readings for next week:



3. Co-habiting-Could your partner 1.pdf

Also, please remember that the point of the activity is to be SUBTLE. Don't tell your friends or the people you're eating with that you're trying to do something weird for a class. (You could tell them later of course, but we're interested in others' natural reactions to strange eating behavior). It should be fun, or funny!

Gender & Health

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Hi Everyone,

Here is the reading for next week! Great class today.


This week think about some of the ways in which men and women might typically behave in different ways that would impact their health. And when we say behaviors, we don't JUST mean eating and drinking (although those are important)--also think about how women and men might think differently which might have an impact on their health.

See you next week!

Marriage & Blog issues resolved! I hope!

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For future reference (even though I emailed this to you) here is the reading for our marriage topic.


Also, I believe that our blog issues have been resolved. From here on out you should be able to post your entries here, and comment on each others' entries. Keep your fingers crossed for no more issues!

Thanks for your patience.

Article for Week of 9/26: Stress


Here is the article about stress for the week of Septemer 26. This is an article by one of the most famous stress and psychology researchers, Robert Sapolsky. It's mainly about how stress--a psychological variable--impacts our brain, an undeniably physical part of ourselves. You'll hear more from Dr. Sapolsky in a video we'll watch in class on how important social relationships are to our experience of stress and its impact on our bodies.

In the mean time, have a good week! And don't get too stressed about the beginning of the semester! And don't forget to post your blog entry about stress by Midnight on Sunday, September 25.


Reading 1: Attachment

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Please read this article for our first day of class. It is a chapter from a great book by a well-known social psychologist named Jonathan Haidt. It describes one of the primary relationship theories in psychology, Attachment Theory.

J. Haidt Attachment Chapter.pdf


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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the blog for our class! This is where we will share our responses to the articles we read, any questions we have or interesting things we come across out in the world that are relevant to our ongoing discussion. You'll also be able to find the articles for class on this blog (let us know if you have any trouble downloading them!) Remember that this is a place where we need to respect each other's ideas and feel free to be open with each other. And don't forget to comment!

To create your own blog post:

1) go to and login with your UMN x500 and password (login in upper right corner).

2) Click on the downward arrow next to "System Overview" to find the blog for this class. For most of you, it will be the only blog you have in your system (this system allows you to be part of multiple blogs here at the U).

3) Once in the system for OUR blog, click the downward arrow next to the word "create" and select "entry"

4) Write your entry! Don't forget that you can add in links, photos, videos, and files that you want to share. And don't forget to tag your entry with the topic that it's most relevant to.

5) Click the blue "Save" button.

Feel free to email Maryhope ( if you encounter any problems or have any questions.

Happy blogging!

Course Syllabus here:
syllabus_freshsem_2011 revised.doc

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