The Benefits of an Undergraduate Course on the Psychology of Emotions
Past research has shown that completing a Positive Psychology course (vs. a comparison course) led to students reporting greater well-being, lower depression scores, and lower stress (Goodman, Middleditch, Childs, & Pietrasiuk, 2016). The current study sought to expand on this research by testing how a Psychology of Emotions (vs. a comparison) course may improve specific emotions-related outcomes. Students enrolled in a Psychology of Emotions course and a Lifespan Development course completed a series of emotion assessments at the beginning and end of the semester. Students in the Emotions course reported significant improvements in emotional intelligence and beliefs about emotions relative to those in the Lifespan course. These results illustrate the importance of designing courses that may help students develop important social-emotional skills that they can use beyond the classroom.
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