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Psych April 17 - Effect of Acute Stress Acute stress...

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Acute stress activates the Fight-Flight response These behaviors/signs are the same as seen during an  immune response Acute stressors makes us act and feel like we are not  under an immune challenge Effects of Long Term Stress on Immune System Long term stress has a different effect than short  term stress Long-term stress increases cortisol which reduces  synthesis of proteins, including proteins of immune  system Stressful experiences lasting more than a month  increased risk of illness Psychoneuroimmunology Effects of psychological and neurological (CNS)  influences the immune system Stress=suppression of the immune system o Decrease in immunocompetence Chronic stress an important contributor in range of  immune-related conditions o Increase vulnerability to infectious disease Damage to nerves in hippocampus due to recurrence of  stress Evidence suggests psychosocial variables may alter  succespability, progress, and recurrence of illness Psychosocial factors modulating immunity Problems that can beset immune system: Age Genetic disorders Infectious diseases
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 101 taught by Professor Hoffman during the Spring '07 term at BU.

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