Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A03. A More Sour Pang: The Psychology of Illness

How accurately do books like The Fault in Our Stars or movies such as The Theory of Everything depict the experience of illness? In this seminar we will read both fictional and real life accounts of individuals living with disease and discuss how psychological research can help us understand and improve the lives of the chronically ill. The biological, psychological, and social consequences of illness will be explored through a variety of topics including the emotional impact of illness, doctor-patient interactions and hospital care, and interventions to promote a higher quality of life in those who are sick. We also will examine how the illness experience differs culturally and by the nature of the disease.

Michael BergMichael Berg
Associate Professor of Psychology