Catherine A. Sanderson

Books + Audio Courses



The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

It’s the reason why spending time on Facebook makes us feel sad and lonely. Why expensive name-brand medicines provide better pain relief than the generic stuff, even if they share the same ingredients. And why a hospital room with a good view speeds up recovery from surgery.

In The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset for Happiness, Health, and Longevity, Dr. Catherine Sanderson breaks down the science of thought and shows how our mindset or thought pattern exerts a substantial influence on our psychological and physical health.

Most important, this book demonstrates how, no matter what our natural tendency, with practice we can make minor tweaks in our mindset that will improve the quality and longevity of our life.


Slow and Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul

From Birth to Age 3: Avoiding the Short-Term Solutions That Lead to Long-Term Problems

This groundbreaking work shows parents that following the quick fix solutions in other books may not be the way to raise well-adjusted kids. Dr. Catherine A. Sanderson explains that the road to successful parenting is slow and steady. Filled with important lessons and helpful advice in everyday situations, this book demonstrates how to:

  • Decrease parent-child struggles
  • Enhance a child's psychological and physical well-being

Centered on the principle that "slow and steady wins the race," this is the perfect manual for raising children in today's world of immediate gratification.

 Slow and Steady Parenting by Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD.
Positive Psychology

The Science of Happiness: An Introduction to Positive Psychology (audio course)

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson logged “the pursuit of Happiness” among your unalienable rights. Now, modern scientific research illuminates surprising ways in which you can live a more healthy, happy, and flourishing life.

Although the practice of psychology has historically focused on resolving the problems people face and the negative emotions they experience, the relatively new field of positive psychology examines the things that make your life worth living. 

In 15 engaging lectures, The Science of Happiness: An Introduction to Positive Psychology gives you practical steps for leading a more flourishing life. Your guide is Prof. Catherine A. Sanderson, a professor of psychology at Amherst College and the author of The Positive Shift, introduces you to cutting-edge scientific research on happiness from a range of disciplines, including psychology, economics, biology, and neuroscience. 

Under her guidance, you will explore complex and fascinating questions about how various aspects of your life influence happiness. For instance, you will ask:

  • How are gender, age, culture, and even political orientation linked with happiness?

  • Is happiness rooted in our genes, our wealth, or our relationships?

  • How can we find happiness while struggling with daily stressors or major life crises?

By the end, you will have gained valuable insight into how various factors in your day-to-day routine—like nature, technology, and religion—impact your state of mind. Armed with new awareness, you can immediately start reaping the proven benefits of happiness in all areas of your life.

The psychology of good and evil (audio course)

What can science teach us about good and evil?

When are people responsible for their actions? What impact do genetics and upbringing have on moral choices? What does behavioral research show us about prejudice, discrimination, authority, and group influence? 

You will explore these and many other far-reaching questions in Professor Catherine A. Sanderson’s 15-lecture audio course, The Psychology of Good and Evil.

An award-winning professor of psychology at Amherst College, Catherine Sanderson wields a “mixture of humor, academic scholarship, and practical advice [that] keeps [audiences] riveted,” says Steven Schragis. You’ll agree—there’s a special combination of mastery and passion that makes Prof. Sanderson’s delivery memorable and powerful.

This course is highly characteristic of Prof. Sanderson’s oeuvre: well-made, carefully articulated, thoroughly researched, and targeted to our historical moment. Throughout, she alludes to the social ills and global conflicts that you hear on the nightly news. Her discussion of predictors of good and evil feels familiar, even commonsensical. To a degree, her constant citation of research from the fields of psychology, biology, and neuroscience is not so much a way of introducing you to information as it is simply a confirmation of ideas you’ve long held. But now you’ll have names for them.

Early on, you’ll clear an inevitable hurdle: understanding how scientists define the notions of “evil” or “good”—which are prone to overstatement and oversimplification. From there on out, you will explore complex and fascinating questions about the predictors of such behavior. The concepts that you’ll take away from this course form the building blocks of a better future.

Good & Evil

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