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

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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
afterwards
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
Goals:
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
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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The more you value love, the more life satisfaction on has. People who spend more on others are happier. People who spend more on others are happier in the future. People randomly assigned to spend on others (rather than themselves) are happier afterwards. Effects of stress related health-risk behaviours: smoking, alcoholism, unprotected sex, drugs, poor nutrition. Goals: life expectancy, reduce suffering, quality of life. Average medical school has 30 psychologists on faculty. Compared to an average of 2 in the 1950"s. 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. Psychology 102: developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. Outpouring of epinephrine and norepinephrine from the inner adrenal glands. Three phase stress response: alarm reaction (mobilize resources, resistance (cope with stressor, exhaustion (reserves depleted)

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