Effects of Stress physiological psychology module 5 assignment 1 Final.docx

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forms of dementia. According to HeartMath Institute (2014), a group of Swedish researchers analyzed and published a “38-year study of 800 women that “psychosocial stressors in midlife were associated with incidence of AD (Alzheimer’s disease) and long-standing distress, over several decades”, and concluded that “this suggests that common psychosocial stressors may have severe and long-standing physiological and psychological consequences” HeartMath Institute, 2014. Finally, the capability to maintain concentration and attention, and retain information is a large factor for stress that an individual is going through. Overall, stressors do consequently effect the emotional and cognitive functions in present and future health and well- being. As previously noted the effects of stress does cause emotional and cognitive, short and long-term issues. The physical effects of stress can produce short and long-term symptoms of: rashes or skin irritations, body will produce sweat without physical activity, unusual hair lose; head, muscle, chest, neck, shoulder, back, abdominal pain; indigestion, ulcers, upset stomach, diarrhea/irritable bowel, colitis, cardiovascular disease, heat palpitations, shortness of breath and hypertension (Changing Minds.org, 2016). An example of physiological effects of stress on the muscles contains recent study material on the involuntary nervous system, which leads me into the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS includes the parasympathetic nerves that maintains the structures in a moderate relaxing state and saves energy. In contrast, the sympathetic nerves prime the body for conflict in the fight-or-flight mode (Pinel, 2013).
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4 Effect of Stress Analyzation of possible variances in physiological, cognitive, and emotional responses in someone of a different age or sex. The most obvious difference for gender differences as for emotional and cognitive factors influencing physical factors; are men that experience impotency, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation, and women suffer from vaginal and menstrual disorders. Nevertheless, some of the less obvious differences would be how the biology of hormones can affect females. According to HeartMath Institute (2014), “German scientists conducted two separate experiments in which 60 participants were subjected to mild forms of emotional and situational stress. The results showed that “women who were stressed took 10% more time to recall recently learned information.” The article explained the reason, is because the hormones, cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone, and noradrenalin, flooded the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which controls working memory, where new information is processed and retained” HeartMath Institute, 2014. Suggestion of three behavioral techniques to reduce the effects of stress, and how these behavior techniques may create changes in the brains physiology?
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  • Winter '18
  • Dr. Dansby
  • Psychology, psychological stress, Davidson, HeartMath Institute

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