Encore: Quantifying Happiness
What makes you happy? Today on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness.
This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with “Dr. Happiness” earlier this spring. Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has written extensively about what factors influence psychological wealth and well-being. He talks with us about his research, how he got others in the field to take him seriously when we started trying to quantify something so abstract and what makes life satisfaction so vital to our health.
During this episode of Focus, we also talk with him about what it really means to be happy and how researchers go about quantifying these things.
Professor Diener was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Career Award by the American Psychological Association earlier this spring. He’s the author of three books, and in addition to his many achievements, founded one of the most acclaimed and widely read journals on the study of psychology, “Perspectives on Psychological Science.” He is also listed on the Institute of Scientific Information’s most cited list with more than 65,000 scientific articles quoting his work.
What makes you happy? Tell us in five words. Post in the comments section below or post on our Facebook or Twitter page @Focus580.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is becoming more and more popular as a form of exercise in the West. Many people, however, will say that yoga is much more than exercise or that it can’t be classified as exercise at all. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with incoming Professor of Kinesiology at Wayne State University Neha Goethe about study she recently completed at the University of Illinois comparing yoga practice to more traditional exercise. Mare Payne, who was a part of Neha’s study also joins us.
Then during the second half of the show, we’ll hear from Jennifer Allen, a yoga instructor from Champaign. She’ll tell more about the different styles of yoga and why some people strongly oppose the idea that yoga is a form of exercise. She also tells us more about yoga’s history, and Lindsey talks with her about how yoga in the West is different from it’s more traditional forms.
The Urbana Park District is sponsoring free yoga classes in Meadowbrook Park on Saturdays this summer. Find more information about those classes and more about the Exercise Psychology Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Neha conducted her research below.
It's easy to trick your brain. That's according to Dan Simons, a University of Illinois psychology professor who has built his career on the idea that most people are unaware of their limits. In his most recent book, "The Invisible Gorilla," he and his co-author explain why our intuitions often fail us. While we think we're seeing the world as it is, we're missing quite a bit....
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Simons about the limits of the human mind and about new National Geographic series called "Brain Games" that features his research.
Want to trick your brain? Try this:
The episode of "Brain Games" entitled "Seeing is Believing" airs tonight at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. central time on the National Geographic Channel.