The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.
Join us to dedicate and celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall in the new Science Center, named for Richard M. Lipton ’74, P’12 ’08, and his family. Following brief introductory remarks in honor of the Liptons, Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), will deliver a lecture entitled “They Aren’t as Thin or as Happy as You Think They Are: Exploring Causes and Consequences of Misperceiving Social Norms at Amherst.”
Professor Sanderson will describe research conducted in collaboration with Amherst College students on factors that lead students to misperceive social norms, including those related to eating and exercise, reporting athletic concussions and seeking mental health treatment. She will discuss the consequences of such misperceptions, strategies for correcting them and the benefits of such approaches for improving psychological and physical well-being on college campuses.