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Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions is a brief and accessible examination of psychological stress and its psychophysiological relationships with cognition, emotions, brain functions, and the peripheral mechanisms by which the body is regulated. Updated throughout, the Third Edition covers two new and significant areas of emerging research: how our early life experiences alter key stress responsive systems at the level of gene expression; and what large, normal, and small stress responses may mean for our overall health and well-being.

Helplessness Coping and Health
Helplessness Coping and Health
Chapter objectives
  • Become familiar with classic research on severe stress and sudden death.
  • Learn the five steps by which severe stress could precipitate an acute coronary event or an arrhythmia leading to sudden death.
  • Understand how predictability can reduce the threat value of an aversive event.
  • Understand how controllability can reduce the stressor value of an aversive event.
  • Understand how uncontrollable stress can alter brain chemistry in ways that can lead to psychological effects such as symptoms of depression.

Chapter 5 described Lazarus and Folkman’s model of the psychological stress response. That model emphasized that a person’s perceived control over the environment is a critical determinant of the psychological impact of events. We will now discuss research in animals and humans on the ...

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