Tools for Well-Being | Schedule


Class progress:
Week DateClassworkSpeaker(s)Speaker Affiliation  DateClass
1Wed 9/3

1. Introduction.

2. Assignment 1 posted.
Rosalind Picard
Pattie Maes (Slides)
Kevin Slavin
Karthik Dinakar
MIT Media LabFri 9/5

1. Student presentation and discussion.

2. Assignment 2 posted. ( Kevin Slides)

3. Archive highlights from last semester (Slides)

4. Project Criteria (Slides)
2Wed 9/10Manufacturing TasteKevin SlavinMIT Media LabFri 9/121. Student presentations and discussion on motivating health behavior change.

2. Assignment 3 posted.
3Wed 9/17

1. How to measure stress, engagement, and positive affect.

2. Assignment 4 posted.
Rosalind PicardMIT Media LabFri 9/19Institute Student Holiday (no classes)
4Wed 9/24What influences mortality? How do we measure it better and help you live longer and healthier?TBD
Statefarm Insurance
Fri 9/261. Student presentations and Discussion on Stress.

2. Initial Project Ideas & Team Matching

3. Assignment 5 posted.
5Wed 10/1

Diet and Health: An UpdateWalter WillettHarvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public HealthFri 10/31. Student presentations & discussion on diet and well-being.

2. Assignment 6 posted.
6Wed 10/8

Emotion regulation and hands-on CBT exercisesRob MorrisMIT Media Lab Fri 10/10
(in E14-240)
1. Crowdsourced online cognitive behavior therapy.

2. Project proposals due

2. Assignment 7 posted.
7Wed 10/15

Panel on practical tips on overcoming depression and building resilienceEthan Zuckerman, Karthik Dinakar,
Rosalind Picard
MIT Media LabFri 10/171. Student presentations

2. Assignment 8 posted.
8Wed 10/22Media Lab Members Week - No classesFri 10/24Project proposal feedback in E15-359
8Thurs 10/23

Resilience & Positive Psychology CANCELLEDMartin SeligmanUniversity of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center

9Wed 10/29

Sleep and Well-BeingChuck CzeislerHarvard Medical SchoolFri 10/311. Student presentations & discussion on sleep and well-being.

2. Assignment 9 posted.
10Wed 11/5

Games for HealthBen SawyerDigital MillFri 11/71. Student presentation and discussion on games for health.

2. Assignment 10 posted.
11Wed 11/12


Recent Advances in the Understanding and Prediction of Suicidal BehaviorMatthew NockHarvard University, Department of PsychologyFri 11/141. Project progress presentations .

2. Assignment 11 posted.
12Wed 11/19


Science of Workplace FitnessDinesh JohnNortheastern UniversityFri 11/211. Student presentations & discussion on workplace fitness .

2. Assignment 12 posted.
13Wed 11/26

Preventing cognitive decline, Alzheimer's disease and dementia Lisa MosconiNew York University Langone Medical CenterFri 11/28Thanksgiving Holiday - No classes
14Wed 12/3Final Project Presentations - Group 1 Fri 12/51. Student presentations
15Wed 12/10Final Project Presentations Group 2

Final project papers due from all by 9pm.