12-7 - People as Social Animals Monday, Dec, 7 Physical...

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People as Social Animals Monday, Dec, 7 People as Social Animals Connectedness with others is fundamental to who we are as humans Groups Shared Reality Cultural Influences Physical Well-Being Cohen (2009): People with more types of social relationships: Live longer Less cognitive decline with age Greater resistance to infectious disease Better prognosis when facing life-threatening illnesses Goleman (1990): Cancer patients with social support have more effective immune system functioning, live longer Women given medical treatment + support groups lived 37 months longer than women given only medical treatment Master Et Al. (2009) Investigated the role of partner support in pain tolerance Women in long-term relationships arrive with partner Complete pain tolerance task in several conditions: Hold partner’s hand Hold male stranger’s hand Hold random object Results Hand/Object Holding Partner: -0.48 Pain Rating Stranger: 1.55 Object: 0.89 Also have photographic condition: Picture of partner Picture of male stranger Picture of object
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2010 for the course PSY 235 taught by Professor J.cesario during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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