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PSYC 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Alcoholism, Telomere, Coronary Artery Disease

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PSYC 102
David Klonsky

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Psychology 102: Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
Lecture #15 - March 12, 2013
The more you value love, the more life satisfaction on has
Happiness and Money:
Spending on self vs. others
People who spend more on others are happier
People who spend more on others are happier in the future
People randomly assigned to spend $5 on others (rather than themselves) are happier
Leading Cause of Death in Canada:
Half attributed to people's behaviour
Effects of stress related health-risk behaviours
o Smoking
o Alcoholism
o Unprotected sex
o Insufficient exercise
o Drugs
o Poor nutrition
Prolonged stress
Behavioural Medicine:
Integrates behavioural knowledge with medical knowledge
o Life expectancy
o Reduce suffering
o Quality of life
Health Psychology:
Psychological contribution to behavioural medicine
Average medical school has 30 psychologists on faculty
Compared to an average of 2 in the 1950's
Emotion and personality
Attitudes and behaviours
Perceptions of situations
Reduce and control stress
Occurs in any circumstance (real or perceived that threatens a person's well-being)
Process by which we appraise and cope with environmental threats and challenges
Can be beneficial in small doses, or harmful if intense or prolonged
The Stress Response:
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