WHDM 104: The Mind at Work (3 credits)

This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the interaction between psychological, cognitive and emotional processes and work activities and demands. It provides an insight into the dynamic interaction between an individual and work using a biopsychosocial perspective on mental functioning. It distinguishes between the brain and the mind and explores the meaning of work in our lives. Basic and complex cognitive processes are explored including perception, attention, memory, knowledge, language, problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making. Organizational factors and strategies that lead to good mental health functioning are introduced. It addresses strategies and coping skills that support resilience in the face of stress and the workplace factors that contribute to or inhibit the development of an employee’s healthy personal growth. It examines characteristics of psychologically healthy workplaces and programs to promote the mental well being of workers.