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The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

Reunion Weekend 2012

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How much power does the mind have over the body? Can the size of a plate, the presentation of food and our dining partners influence how much we eat? How and when do placebo medicines lead to faster recovery from surgery? Why is a person with a stronger social support network less likely to develop a cold, even when directly injected with a cold virus? How can taking tango lessons, going on a safari and bungee jumping with your romantic partner increase your relationship satisfaction? Catherine Sanderson, professor of psychology, will discuss these and other ways in which our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes both directly and indirectly influence our physiology and physical health.