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Exploring the Mind | Helping Family and Friends Build a Better Future During Difficult Times


Monday October 18, 2021: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




How can we help our loved ones adjust to the changes this past year has brought?

Social relations are important to everyone from infants to old adults. Research has increasingly shown that social relations influence life satisfaction, happiness, health and well-being. We all know we are living in difficult times. In this presentation Professor Antonucci will share some thoughts about how to help people who are important to us, both family and friends, to deal with the challenges we have faced this past year and will continue to face. We'll learn a little bit about what the research tells us and about how to apply that research practically to cope with life as we now know it...or as we are increasingly saying - the new normal.


Toni C. Antonucci is the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Director and Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program at the Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on social relations and health (physical/psychological/cognitive functioning) across the life span. Professor Antonucci studies all types of social relations including close social relations, peer and family relations, caregiving, and social media, and especially how social relations influence or are influenced by health. Current research includes an ongoing life-span longitudinal study begun in 1992 which is now exploring how social relations influence cognitive functioning including Alzheimer’s Disease. She is interested in family multigenerational relations and child and adult development. Further, Professor Antonucci has conducted comparative studies on social relations and health in the United States, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan.

This program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

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