Current classes, 2021-22

IĀ teach a variety of psychology courses at the University of Washington, specializing in social psychology and related topics including happiness, emotion, mindfulness, social media, and anthropomorphism and social perception of robots.

Autumn 2021

  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 440: Psychology of Emotion

Winter 2022

  • PSYCH 208: Happiness
  • PSYCH 209: Fundamentals of Psychological Research

Spring 2022

  • PSYCH 440: Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYCH 448: The Good LifeĀ (new!)

Psych 448: The Good Life
Course Description

One of the fundamental goals that motivates all human behavior is having a life worth living. This course explores contemporary psychological research that addresses how to build such a life. We explore the types of thoughts and actions that are most reliably connected with enduring satisfaction and meaning in life, and how to avoid some of the traps and pitfalls in modern society caused by a disconnect between what we think we want and what will actually make us happy. Topics to be explored include work, friendship, altruism, creativity, exercise, music, humor, play, parenting, spirituality, and more. Students will read original research articles on these topics and gain hands-on experience collecting and analyzing data. Throughout the course, students will recognize the strengths and limitations of the scientific method for approaching questions such as these, and are encouraged to articulate their own emerging views of what constitutes a life worth living.