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Week 3: Chapter 16 Notes Lifestyle, Stress, and Health pp 510- 536 cultural evolution: the adaptive change of a culture to recurrent environmental pressures lifestyle: the aggregate behaviour of a person; the way in which a person leads his or her life coronary heart disease: the narrowing of blood vessels that supple nutrients to the heart cancer: a malignant, uncontrolled growth of cells that destroy surrounding tissue serum cholestorol: a fat-like chemical found in the blood. One form promotes the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. Another form may protect against coronary heart disease health psychology: branch of psychology involved in the promotion of maintenene of sound health practices stress: a pattern of physiological, behavioural and cognitive responses to stimuli that are perceived as endangering one’s well-being stressors: stimuli that are perceived as endangering one’s well being cognitive appraisal: one’s perception of a stressful situation type A pattern: a behaviour pattern characterized by high levels of competitiveness and hostility, impatience, and an intense disposition; supposedly associated with an increased risk of CHD type B pattern: a behaviour pattern characterized by lower levels of competitiveness and hostility, patience and an easygoing disposition; supposedly associated with a decreased risk of CHD post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): an anxiety disorder in which the individual has feelings of social withdrawal accompanied by atypically low levels of emotion caused by prolonged exposure to a stressor, such as catasrophe psychoneuroimmunology: study of the interactions between the immune system and behaviour as mediated by the nervous system immune system: a network of organs and cells that protects the body from invading bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances antigens: athe unique proteins found on the surf
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