Santos Record-Breaking Psychology Course Gets Coverage in New York Times

APS Fellow Laurie Santos has made a name for herself studying what makes the human mind different from that of other animals. But she’s just achieved another high mark in her scientific career — one that’s garnered her some media attention.

Santos is now teaching the most popular course in Yale University’s 316-year history; more than 1,180 undergraduate students are enrolled in her class, “Psychology and the Good Life. The popularity of the course is the subject of a January 26 story in The New York Times.

In the course, Santos is incorporating psychological science findings on social connections, gratitude, and other habits that promote emotional well-being.

Santos, who gained recognition for her cognitive experiments with monkeys and dogs to illuminate the unique aspects of the human mind, delivered the 2017 Bring the Family Address at the 29th APS Annual Convention in Boston. A video of her presentation is available here.

APS regularly opens certain online articles for discussion on our website. Effective February 2021, you must be a logged-in APS member to post comments. By posting a comment, you agree to our Community Guidelines and the display of your profile information, including your name and affiliation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations present in article comments are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of APS or the article’s author. For more information, please see our Community Guidelines.

Please login with your APS account to comment.