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Topic 1

BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
(STRESS)


Part 1: Stress as a bodily response





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SYLLABUS
You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of...






CONTENTS


Covered in class Revision Notes Exam Practice

1. The Body's response to stress

Definition of key terms and examples

Describe the body's response to ACUTE (short
Term) stress ­ the sympathomedullary
Pathway (SAM system)

Describe the body's response to…

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1.

The BODY'S RESPONSE TO STRESS
Key Terms
Body's response to ACUTE
stress
Body's response to
CHRONIC stress






















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Everybody experiences stress! However, of interest to us as psychologists, is not only what aspects in
our world cause us stress, but also what physical and psychological effects these have on a person. If we
know this, we can offer help by designing techniques and methods that may help people…

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A persons response to stress is influenced by INDIVIDUAL
DIFFERENCES. This means...






(EXTENSION ­ mention the terms PRIMARY APPRAISAL and SECONDARY APPRAISAL and
explain how these link to stress and individual differences)







Stress may have EVOLVED as it is ADAPTIVE. This could be because...



















NB. Although you do not need…

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