Health Psychology Exam 1 Notes
Chapter 1 What Is Health Psychology
Health psychology is devoted to understanding psychological influences on
how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when
they do get ill
Health psychologists study
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well
The bio-psychosocial model suggests that what health is may
vary from culture to culture.
Within a culture what is health changes as the status quo is
The Placebo Effect
Rachel Sherman and John Hickner.
Journal of General Internal Medicine, Volume 23, Number 1, January,
Sherman and Hickner invited doctors from internal medicine departments in 3
medical schools in the
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Isolation of groups
More differences evolve
Increasing levels of misconceptions
We try to discern the motives and
Psychologist look at how such
judgments are made.
Fundamental Attribution Error
(Blame the victim.
The class will start with mid-term 1.
About 1/3 of the questions are from the lectures
and 2/3 from the text. There are about 40-45 MC
questions = 20 marks and one short essay (two
pages maximum). You will be given two options for
the essay from which you
Gerry Goldberg Ph.D.,
Two main points in Health
We have an active role to play in
our own health.
What we do and think impacts our
What is health?
A state of complete physical, mental and soc
Masters and Johnsons behavioral therapy
for sexual problems
Focus on socio-cultural deprivation and
ignorance of sexual physiology
Focus on relationship as a whole
Prescribed specific sexual exercises
Focus on pleasure (no press
Stress related topics:
mass psychogenic illness
Ergonomics deals with issues such
human-machine relationship at work, sports,
vehicles, home (elderly, people with
Can most people e.g.
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The bodys physical systems:
The nervous system:
o Basic levels in the brains; axons; neurons
o Complex web
o Myelin sheath; sends messages
Protects msgs and helps it travel safely
o Cell body; source of life of ce
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o Life style factors can prevent diseases from happening
o Behavioural, social, and emotional factors that influence the;
o Exciting and relatively new field devoted to understanding psychological
The Stems of the Body
0 An understanding of health requires a working knowledge of human physiology
0 The body is made up of many millions of cells that grouped together to form tissues, which form organs
whose functions overlap
PSYC 3170 Health Psychology Final Exam Notes Chapter 11-15
Chapter 11 Living with Chronic Illness
Increase in the rates of asthma among children in the past 20 years
Exposure to air pollutants, poor urban neighborhoods
Chronic health conditions are those
Resiliency and Coping
Table 1 indicates that
for people retired at the
age of 50, their average
life span is 86; whereas
for people retired at the
age of 65, their average
life span is only 66.8. An
CHAPTER 7: Moderators of the stress experience
Whether the stressor is an ice storm or extreme flooding like that experienced in
Quebecs Richelieu Valley in 2011, which lasted weeks and left over 2000 homes
flooded, these factors are considered stress
HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE AND INTERPRET SYMPTOMS?
Individual Differences and Personality
Some of these individual differences are stable. That is, some people are consistently more likely
to notice a symptom than other people are. Hypochondriacs, are people who
WHAT ARE CANCER-RELATED HEALTH BEHAVIOURS?
Breast Cancer Screening
Although breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Canada and worldwide, recent figures indicate that the death rate
from breast cancer in Canada has dropped 25 percent since the
Chapter 14: WHAT IS PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY?
For many years, the immune system was one of the most poorly understood systems of
the human body. However, in the past two decades, research advances in this area have been
substantial, leading to the burgeoning
Chapter 6: WHAT IS STRESS?
stress is a negative emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical,
physiological, cognitive, and behavioural changes that are directed either toward altering the
stressful event or accommodating to its effects
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HEALTH COMPROMISING BEHAVIOURS?
Many health compromising behaviours share several important characteristics. First, there is a window of vulnerability in adolescence.
Drinking to excess, smoking, illicit drug us
WHAT IS HEALTH PROMOTION?
Health promotion is a general philosophy that has at its core the idea that good health, or wellness, is a personal and collective achievement. For the
individual, health promotion involves developing a program of good health hab
-Starts with the story of a person who goes to a physician and has to wait for an hour and only
gets 5 minutes of doctor with no medication suggested, just told to take over the counter
medicines and fluidsleads the patient to think why they bothered to c
Ch 11: living with chronic illness
WHAT IS QUALITY OF LIFE?
One important aspect of quality of life is peoples perceptions of their own health. Selfreports of health status (e.g., Would you rate your health as poor, fair, good, very good, or
The Aging of the Population
The substantial shift in the population toward the older years poses a challenge for health
psychologists to anticipate what the health problems of the coming decades will be. Although the
growth of Canadas senior p
One of the objectives of this course is to provide an historical framework for the development
and fragmentation of the various areas within the discipline of psychology. As such, the aim of
your written assignments is to pro
As a student in adult development and aging, my own perceptions of ageing have altered.
The reasons for this change are as followed; my knowledge of the aging process came from
media portrayals in big budget movies. Whether it is romanticizing dementia in