Psychology - Stress (Lesson 1)

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Define: Stress
Biological and psychological reaction to a perceived threat which we feel is beyond our coping abilities
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Define: Stressor
Internal or external factors that are perceived as threatening and that have the potential to cause stress as a response
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What is the name of short term stress?
Acute stress
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What is the name of long term stress?
Chronic stress
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What does the SNS stand for?
Sympathetic nervous system
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What does the ANS stand for?
Automatic nervous system
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Is SAM or HPA a rapid acting pathway?
SAM
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Explain the sequence involved in SAM
The hypothalamus activates the SNS which triggers activity in the adrenal medulla which releases adrenaline and noradaline into the bloodstream
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Explain the sequence involved in HPA
A higher brain centre actives the hypothalamus which releases CRF which travels to pituitary gland which releases ACTH which goes to adrenal cortex which releases corticosteroids (or cortisol_
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What do corticosteroids (such as cortisol) do?
Pumps glucose around the body, glucose is sugar so basically pumping energy
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