AS AQA PSYCHOLOGY A, STRESS - BIOLOGICAL PSY

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BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY - STRESS
1. THE BODY'S RESPONSE TO STRESS
Stress is...
A type of alarm reaction, involving heightened mental and bodily states ­ it is both a
psychological and a physiological response to the environment.
These states are important in conditions of flight or fight.
In humans and other animals stress is an adaptive response.
It occurs when the perceived demands of the environment exceed our perceived ability to cope
Stressor is...
An event that leads to stress reaction in the body, e.g. life events

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3. LIFE EVENTS
Impact of life events is likely to be mediated by e.g. personality,
Individual coping style etc
Differences Some researchers say quality of event is crucial; Undesired,
Unscheduled & Uncontrolled is most harmful and stressful
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BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY - STRESS
4. DAILY HASSLES
THE There is an accumulation of minor daily stressors which creates persistent irritat
frustrations & overloads.
ACCUMULATIO This then results in more serious stress reactions, such as anxiety & depression.
N EFFECT
THE Chronic stress caused by negative life events may deplete a person's resources,
making them more vulnerable to influence of daily hassles
AMPLIFICATION
EFFECT
ACTION Hassles are disruptive because they involve effort, preventing us from perus
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