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Biological Psychology- Stress




Stress:
Can be an environmental stimulus that triggers a stress response, for example a giant bear
scaring you.
It can also be the response to a stimulus, our reaction, such as running for the bus.
Scientific explanation is the response that occurs when we think we can't…

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If the stress is long term the pituitary adrenal system is there to help the body adapt to the
long term effect of stress.
First the hypothalamus triggers the release of CRH
CRH then stimulates the anterior pituitary glands
The anterior pituitary glands then releases a hormone called ACTH
ACTH…

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Also he found out that the immune system was weaker in those students who reported
feeling most lonely as well as those who experienced stressful life events.
Therefore, in conclusion the stress of the exams reduced the effectiveness of the immune
system.
However, this was a natural experiment so variables…

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Kanner 1981 also criticised the SRRS scale by saying life changing events aren't a everyday
event and everyday events affect people more, that's why he produces a hassle scale.

Daily Hassles as a Source of Stress:
Daily hassles are relatively minor events that arise in the course of a normal…

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The results showed that when the medical history of the employees were followed up 5
years latter those who felt they had less control over their work and less social support were
more likely to suffer stress related illnesses such as cardiovascular disorders. In addition they
were four times more…

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However, the study does not prove that personality characteristics can cause stress and
illness, it could be the other way round. For example type A personality may develop as a
response to being under stress from work ect.
Also the sample used is quite limited, it's only mid ages men,…

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Turnispseed 1999 did a study into hardy personality and stress and back up Koasa
results. He found that nurses who scored high on hardiness were less likely to feel under
pressure at work than those with low scores.
However much of Kobasa's and other work into hardy personality has been…

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It involves 3 steps:
The first is Conceptualisation, this is where a therapists helps a patient identify their fear
and concerns.
The second step is skill acquisition and rehearsal, this is where the patient is trained to
develop skills like positive thinking in order to improve self confidence.
The third…

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MrsMacLean

this is really detailed and well summarised. thanks

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