TMatheny_Unit2_Project_PS370

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Unit 2 Project 1 Running head: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY The Psychological and Psychophysiological Concepts in Health Psychology: How the Mind- Body Connection Affects Health and Healing Travis H Matheny Health Psychology PS370 Kaplan University Professor Stacie Flynn Ph.D. June 21, 2011
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Unit 2 Project 2 The Psychological and Psychophysiological Concepts in Health Psychology: How the Mind- Body Connection Affects Health and Healing Health Psychology is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of psychology dedicated to promoting and maintaining health and preventing and treating illness. Health psychologists pay close attention to the way that feelings, behavior, and biological processes all interact with each other to influence health and illness. In many ways, health psychology is greater than a subfield within the discipline of psychology, as it has built on theoretical ideas and research findings for many other areas in psychology. Health psychology suggests that in treating disease or preventing it, one must look at the big picture, such as an individual’s behaviors, thoughts, and emotions in relation to a person’s overall health (Friedman, 2002, p. 23). That being said, the primary focus of this paper will be to explain the psychological and psychophysiological concepts in health psychology, how the mind and body work together to regulate moods and fight physical fatigue and what influence they have on stress and healing. The psychological concept in health psychology refers specifically to behaviors, emotions (feelings), cognition (thoughts beliefs and attitudes) and personalities (characteristic ways of thinking and feeling). The common belief among health psychologists is that the mind and body are closely linked, and their relationship can exert a positive or negative influence on health and quality of life (Friedman, 2002, p. 29). For example, attitudes, beliefs, and emotional states ranging from love and compassion to fear and anger can trigger chain reactions that affect blood chemistry, heart rate, and the activity of every cell and organ in the body (Friedman, 2002, p. 32). These chain reactions are referred to as psychophysiological responses, health psychologists believe many of the bodies responses are produced as a result of mental states
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Unit 2 Project 3 (Friedman, 2002, p. 30). For instance, this concept infers that an individual’s behaviors, emotions, beliefs, attitudes and personalities can have a direct effect on the functioning and
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2011 for the course PSYCH 370 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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