Stress as a Bodily Response

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  • Created on: 29-02-16 18:23

Stress is a response to stimuli in the environment

  • It can be the environmental stimulus that triggers a stress response
  • Or a response to the stimulus
  • 'The response that occurs when we think we can't cope with the pressures in our environment'
  • This is due to personal judgement therefore ability to cope can be over/under estimated. 

The hypothalamus is the bit of the brain that responds to stress

The evaluation of whether something is a stressor occurs in - the cerebral cortex. 

When there is a stressor in the environment, it sends a signal to the hypothalamus. This then triggers two processes. 

Sympatho-Medullary Pathway

  • In the initial shock response, the hypothalamus triggers activity in the


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