2016-2017 Catalog

PSY 115 Psychology of Success

This course guides students through a study of the cognitive abilities that produce personal and professional success and how these cognitive abilities are developed.  By studying neuroplasticity, students will develop an understanding of the physiological process of cognitive development and how this process can be manipulated to create the optimal conditions for outstanding mental performance.  Topics will include growth mindset theory, the process of myelin formation in the brain, how habits are created and modified, and how coaching and deep practice can be leveraged to produce mastery of a skill.  Students will apply these theoretical principles to their own experiences in a series of self-reflection exercises designed to promote critical thinking skills and the internalization of growth mindset beliefs.  The ultimate goal of the course is mastery of growth mindset principles that will strengthen the student’s ability to persevere academically and professionally despite challenges and disappointments.