Psychology AS Terminology - How The Body Responds To Stress

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STRESSOR - a stimulus or situation imposing demands on an individual.

TRANSACTIONAL MODEL - a model of stress that defines 'stress' as an imbalance between percieved demands on an individual and their percieved coping resources.

PRIMARY APPRAISAL - the person appraises or assesses the situation to identify potential threats or demands.

SECONDARY APPRAISAL - the person appraises their ability to cope with a threatening situation.

NEURON - the basic unit of the nervous system. Neurons are cells specialised to conduct electrical impulses.

ACTION POTENTIAL - technical term for nerve impulses. Pulses of electrical activity conducted along…


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