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Factors that influence health: An introduction

What factors influence our health? A lot of attention is focused on people's behaviour - their decisions to smoke, drink, over-eat and so on - with strong messages about the changes needed to become healthier. But people's behaviour is influenced by circumstances and events, friends and family, education, job prospects, income, housing and environment. In this free course, Factors that influence health: An introduction, we look at how these factors, these wider social determinants, work together to influence our health for good or ill.

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Starting with psychology

The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change within different contexts. When answering the question 'what makes us who we are?' psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of 'who we are' up pops some new evidence to show a different side! It is not easy to pin down all the many influences. This free course, Starting with psychology, makes a start.

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Jolene : 'A Time to Live' - Extended Interview

Jolene, featured on the co-production 'A Time to Live', discusses her experiences of being diagnosed with a terminal illness. 

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After Manchester: How can you help if you know someone affected by a terror attack

People caught in a traumatic event like the Manchester Attack will react in different ways. What should you do to help them? Mark Widdowson has some advice.

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British summertime

The sun has got his hat on and people are jetting off for a much needed holiday; what does British summertime mean to you?

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Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s second article on Brexit and the General Election

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A Time to Live

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and may only have months to live? 

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