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Stress, Coping, and Health Stress- a phenomenon in which some factor (or factors) in the environment causes a person to feel threatened or challenged in some way. The reaction to some kind of stressor which involves internal and external General Adaption Syndrome → Hans Selye Exposed rats to stressful situations: starvation, shock, etc Alarm Stage- initial stage where body mobilizes; sympathetic nervous system arousal → leads to decrease in immune system Resistance Stage - sympathetic nervous system decreases a little, increase in immune system- body or individual adapts to the stressor Exhaustion - long continued exposure wears the body’s resistance Illness and the Immune System → effects of stress on the immune system Barthrop (1977) – first study to demonstrate decreased immune function in response to grief Stone (1994) – demonstrated relation between daily life events and antibody levels → found a relationship between immune functioning and emotions
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course PSYCH 202 taught by Professor Roberts during the Spring '06 term at University of Wisconsin.

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