Janet-Kiecolt Glaser et al (1984)

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  • The aim was to investigate whether the stress of important exams had an effect on immune system functioning.
  • Their procedure consisted of conducting a nautral experiment with a repeated measures design using 75 medical students.
  • Blood samples were taken
    a.) one month before final exam (low stress condition)
    b.) during the exams (high stress condition)
  • Assessment of immune system function was taken by measuring the T Cell activity in blood samples.
  • Participants also completed questionnaires related to negative life events and feelings of loneliness.
  • The results suggest that high stress condition T Cell activity was significantly reduced in comparison with the first low stress condition.
  • T cell activity was most reduced in participants who reported negative life events and feelings of isolation.
  • Research shows stress is associated with…


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