Ted Talk with Christy Chang
Come Watch TED talks with Dr. Christy
“How to become a better scientist, an effective communicator, and a happier person”
TED talks are brief yet inspiring video dialogues given by influential characters in various fields of expertise. Although TED is an acronym for “technology, entertainment, design,” talk topics have expanded beyond these three fields, to include things like psychology, biology, and sociocultural movements.
Dr. Yen-Pei Christy Chang, an associate professor in UMB’s School of Medicine, is passionate about promoting career and personal development for both her peers and students alike. One way that Dr. Christy mentors students is by taking the time to curate viewings and discussion forums centered on TED talks that cover topics she feels could be beneficial for graduate students and postdocs in the field of science.
Topics Christy focuses on addressing include:
- What makes one a successful scientist, aside from successful science
- How to take care of your emotional and physical health
- Nonverbal communication
- The science behind decision-making, happiness, and satisfaction, etc.
Dr. Christy is careful to select scientifically valid talks given by credible speakers. She investigates and presents the primary literature on which the talk is based. This allows students to make their own conclusions about the implications and impact of the research, in addition to hearing hers. Students leave the talks with tips that allow them to better manage the graduate school lifestyle, and ideas that promote their well roundedness.
“How to Make Stress Your Friend,” a talk given by a prominent health psychologist by the name of Kelly McGonagal, is an example of a TED talk presented that really seemed to impact students.
The main points that Christy pulled from the talk include:
- Perceiving the stress response as helpful can alleviate it’s harmful health effects
- Human connection and caring for other allows the body to physically heal from stress-induced damage
- Chasing meaning in life is better for your health than avoiding discomfort, even if the former is more stressful
Other talks that have been hosted by Dr. Christy include:
- “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy
- “Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid” by Guy Winch
For more information, contact Jennifer Aumiller.