BELIEFS - Psychology 101 Health Psychology Exam 1 Thursday...

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1 Psychology 101 Health Psychology Professor David Sherman Class #8 Beliefs that Aid Adjustment Exam 1 Thursday Feb 7, 2-3:15, Chem 1179, Bring Pink Parscore Review: Monday Feb 4, 5:00P-6:30P Buchanan 1910 Come Prepared with Questions Practice exam questions posted Thursday See also textbook web page Exam: 50 questions, multiple choice, roughly equal between text/reader and lectures Reader: Antoni & Lutgendorf (5) and Trillin (8) are optional (will not be covered on test). 3 Techniques that Aid Adjustment 1. Having a sense of control over events in your life 2. Writing about your problems 3. Finding meaning in traumatic events Adjustment to Hospitalization Feelings of loss of control Control in Nursing Homes, Study 1 (Rodin & Langer, 1976) Subjects: Nursing home residents Assigned to Enhanced control group: Can decide how to rearrange furniture Can decide when and whom to visit Receive growing plant to take care of Comparison group Emphasized responsibility of nursing staff Received plant (but nurse took care of it) Control in Nursing Homes, Study 1 (Rodin & Langer, 1976) Subjects: Nursing home residents Measure happiness, activity levels, altertness one month later Control-induced group happier, more active, and alert; 93% showed some mental and physical improvement Comparison group: 71% became more debilitated 18 month follow-up Control-induced group maintained advantage and had lower mortality rate than expected and comparison group
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