A new, free online course from UNC-Chapel Hill will explore the meaning of popularity.
On June 22, UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education will launch a new massive open online course called “The Psychology of Popularity.” The course is available free online at Coursera.org, a site that offers MOOCs from universities around the world.
The class is taught by psychology professor Mitch Prinstein, whose research focuses on the lasting influence of popularity from childhood through adulthood – its impact on office dynamics, interaction in social circles, and success in personal relationships. Popularity even has the power to change the expression of DNA.
Prinstein’s work examines how adolescents’ interpersonal experiences, particularly among peers, are associated with depression, self-injury, and health risk behaviors.