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Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health

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Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health Psych 1010

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Introduction to Psychology
Melinda Fabian
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Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health Arousal, Expressive Behavior, and Cognition in Emotion  Emotions – response of the entire organism including physiological arousal, expressive behaviors, and conscious experience o Full body, mind, behavior response 1. Does bodily arousal come before or after emotional feelings? 2. How do thinking and feeling interact?  James­Lange   Theory  –   theory   that   experience   of   emotion   is   the   awareness   of physiological responses to emotion­arousing stimuli o Body arousal then cognitive awareness  Cannon­Bard Theory – theory that emotion­arousing stimulus triggers simultaneously physiological responses and the subjective experience of emotion o Conscious and cognitive experience happen at the same time Interpreting Emotions  Two Factor Theory – theory that to experience emotion one has to be physically aroused and cognitively label that arousal (Schachter­Singer) o Spillover Effect – emotions carry over into other events  Study in 1962 injected men with epinephrine, which triggers arousal, and made them sit in a room with a confederate that as either acting agitated or euphoric  Men tended to identify with the emotions of the person and interpreted the emotions of the other person to be spilled over  Arousal fuels emotion, cognition channels it  Emotions follow two different brain pathways o High Road – responses go through the thalamus to the brain cortex to be analyzed before sent out via the amygdala o Low Road – responses skip the cortex and go directly from the thalamus to the amygdala  One study showed people have amygdala response to certain images that are flashed quickly without being aware of the image or their reaction Theory Explanation of Emotions Example James­Lange Emotions   arise   from   our We observe heart racing after awareness   of   our   specific a threat and then feel afraid bodily responses to emotion arousing stimuli Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts Cannon­Bard Emotion   arousing   stimuli Heart races at the same time trigger our bodily responses we feel afraid and simultaneous subjective experience Schachter­Singer Our   experience   of   emotion Interpret our arousal as fear depends   on   two   factors: or excitement depending on general arousal and conscious the context cognitive label Zajonc; LeDoux Some   emotional   responses Automatically feel startled by happen   instantly   without a sound in the forest before conscious appraisal labeling it as a threat Lazarus Cognitive   appraisal The sound is “just the wind” sometimes   without   our awareness defines emotion Emotional Arousal in the Nervous System  In crisis, the sympathetic division of autonomic nervous system mobilizes the body for action o Physiological, triggers activity in organs  When crisis passes, parasympathetic division calms the body as stress hormones leave the blood stream  Insula activates when experiencing negative social emotions Brain­Pattern Responses  Emotions activate different areas of the brain’s cortex o Left hemisphere activates with positive emotions, right frontal lobe activates with negative emotions  Experience can sensitize us to particular emotions Nonverbal Communication  The brain can detect subtle expressions yet finds it difficult to perceive deceiving expressions o It is difficult to perceive emotions from heart rate, breathing, and perspiration  Introverts tend to excel at reading others’ emotions while extraverts are generally easier to read  Women generally surpass men at reading emotions and nonverbal behaviors  Girls express stronger emotions than boys do  Anger strikes people as a more masculine emotion  People attribute women’s emotionality to disposition and men to circumstance  Women are more likely to show empathy and describe themselves as sympathetic Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts o Women show much more emotion when watching different types of movies Gestures and Facial Expressions  Paul Ekman studied isolated people in New Guinea and their facial expressions in response to certain statements o American college students could identify their emotions  Facial expressions are universal o We are primed to quickly detect negative emotions o Abused people detect anger more easily o Blind people show same facial expressions  Adapt to interpret faces in contexts  Cultures differ in how much emotion they express o Cultural differences exist within nations  Expressions amplify and regulate emotions  Facial Feedback Effect  – tendency of facial muscle states to trigger corresponding feelings such as fear, anger, or happiness o Forced expressions influence how we feel  Behavior Feedback Effect  – tendency of behavior to influence our own and others’ thoughts, feelings, and actions Basic Emotions  Izard suggested there are 10 basic emotions that combine to form other emotions Pleasant/Positive Emotions Elated Relaxed Enthusiastic Low ArouHigh Arousal Sluggish Fearful Sad Angry Causes and Consequences  Unpleasant/Negative Emotions of Anger Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts  Anger is caused by other people or small annoyances o A flash of anger drives the initiative to take action  Chronic hostility is linked to heart disease o Anger leads to higher heart rate, sweating, rises in testosterone, and blood flow to  the brain o Controlled anger can promote reconciliation  Individualist cultures encourage people to vent o Groups see anger as a threat to harmony  Catharsis – in psychology, the emotional release of aggression or the theory that releasing aggressive energy through action or fantasy relieves aggressive urges o This is a myth, expressing anger breeds more anger  When people retaliate against a provoker, they calm down if o The counterattack is directed at the provoker  Forgiveness calms the body o The retaliation seems justifiable o The target is not intimidating  The best ways to manage anger are o To wait o To find a healthy distraction or support o To distance yourself Feel­Good, Do­Good Phenomenon and Positive Psychology Research  Happiness leads to more life success o Better decision maker, more cooperative, healthier, more tolerant, social  Feel­Good, Do­Good Phenomenon – people’s tendency to be helpful when already in a  good mood o Do­Good, Feel­Good Phenomenon  Positive Psychology – scientific study of human flourishing with the goal of discovering  and promoting strengths and virtues that help individuals and communities to thrive  Subjective Well­Being – self­perceived happiness with life used with measures of  objective well­being to evaluate quality of life  Researchers are exploring o Positive emotions o Positive health o Positive neuroscience o Positive education  Seligman views happiness as a by­product of a pleasant, engaged, and meaningful life  The three pillars of positive psychology 1. Positive well­being 2. Positive character 3. Positive groups, communities, and cultures Influences on Happiness Levels Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts  We overestimate the duration of our emotions and underestimate our resiliency and  capacity to adapt  Individuals with more money are typically happier and enjoy better health  Individuals in rich countries experience greater well­being  Raising low incomes does more to increase happiness than raising high incomes o Gaining more money matters less  Economic growth in affluent countries has provided no apparent boost to morale or social well­being  Adaptation­Level Phenomenon – our tendency to form judgments relative to a neutral  level defined by our prior experience o We adjust to our neutral levels o Happiness is relative to our own experiences  Feelings of satisfaction and dissatisfaction are judgments based on prior experience  Relative Deprivation – the perception that one is worse off relative to those with whom  one compares oneself o Happiness is relative to others Predictors of Happiness  Happy people tend to o Have high self­esteem o Be optimistic and agreeable o Have close friendships o Have work that engages skills o Have religious faith o Sleep well and exercise  Happiness is not related to o Age o Gender o Physical attractiveness  Genes, personal history, culture, and outlook create a happiness set point  To improve mood and satisfaction o Realize that happiness does not come from financial success o Take control of time o Act happy o Seek work and leisure that engages skills o Buy shared experiences o Join the “movement” movement o Sleep o Prioritize close relationships o Focus beyond self o Record blessings and gratitude o Nurture spiritual self Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts Stress  Stress – process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, stressors, that we  appraise as threatening or challenging  o Stressor – a situation we view as challenging o Appraisal – deciding if it is a stressor o Stressor leads to appraisal leads to response leads to coping  Momentary stress can mobilize the immune system and help conquer problems  Stressors o Catastrophes on a large scale o Significant life changes and transitions o Daily hassles o Low social status and power  General Adaptation Syndrome – the concept of the body’s adaptive response to stress in  three phases, alarm, resistance, and exhaustion (Selye) o Alarm Reaction – the sympathetic nervous system is activated o Resistance – hormones (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol) and the full  body engage to meet the challenge (fight or flight) o Exhaustion – vulnerable to illness  Prolonged stress damages the body  Tend and Befriend – under stress, people provide support to others and bond to seek  support from others o More frequent with women Stress and Disease  Health Psychology – contribution to behavioral medicine  Psychoneuroimmunology – study new psychological, neural, and endocrine processes  together and how they affect immune system and health o Stress creates energy need and leads to a lower ability to resist infections  The immune system can o Respond to strongly and attack itself o Underreact  Surgical wounds heal more slowly in stressed people  Stressed people are more vulnerable to colds  Low stress may increase the effectiveness of vaccinations  Stress alters immune system functioning leaving us less able to resist infection  Greater stress leads AIDS to progress faster Coronary Heart Disease Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts  Coronary Heart Disease – clogging of vessels that nourish the heart muscle; the leading  cause of death in many developed countries o More trauma leads to more inflammation  Type A – competitive, hard­driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, anger­prone people  Type B – easygoing, relaxed people  Anger is associated with Type A who are more likely to have heart disease  Type D – suppress negative emotion to avoid social disapproval  Depression and pessimism leads to disease  Stress triggers inflammation  Chronically high cortisol levels damage the body Alleviating Stress  Coping – alleviating stress using emotional, cognitive, or behavioral methods  Problem­Focused Coping – alleviate stress directly by changing the stressor or the way  we interact with it  Emotion­Focused Coping – avoiding or ignoring a stressor and attending to emotional  needs related to stress reactions Lack of Cortisol and Its Effect on Health  Learned Helplessness – hopelessness and passive resignation an animal or human learns  when unable to avoid repeated aversive events o Study done in which an executive rat turned off shocks and a subordinate could  not, the subordinate rat had more health problems  Loss of cortisol leads to bad health with an outpour of stress hormones  Those of higher status feel more control o Optimistic people have more control and cope with stress better  External Locus of Control – the perception that chance and outside forces determine our  fate o Less motivation to achieve and more anxious  Internal Locus of Control – we control our own fate or free will o Achieve more, cope better, less depression o Locus – place Self­Control  Self­Control – control impulses and delay short term gratification for greater long­term  rewards  o Uses brain energy o Can be improved with practice o Has individual differences o Marshmallow study in which children were tested on if they could wait to eat the  marshmallow in front of them Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts  Kids that resisted eating the marshmallow had more success in school and  socially  Develop self­discipline in one area, this spills into other areas of life leading to more  success and health and happiness o Having social support leads to health and longevity, calms blood pressure,  reduces stress hormones, helps immune functioning, and manages painful feelings Optimism  Optimists have more control, cope better, and have better health  Optimists get better grades because they respond to setbacks with hopeful efforts, good  study habits, and self­discipline  Optimism is genetic, oxytocin enhances social­bonding Social Support  Acceptance lengthens life expectancy  Social support reduces blood pressure and stress hormones  Social support fosters stronger immune functioning  Close relationships give opportunity for “open heart therapy” and a chance to confide  painful feelings  Suppressing emotions can be detrimental to physical health Aerobic Exercise, Relaxation, and Meditation  Aerobic Exercise – sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness and helps to  alleviate depression and anxiety o Reduces heart disease, cognitive decline, early death o Improves the management of stress  Relaxation can speed healing o Lifestyle modification – control diet, medication, and exercise for survivors of  heart attack  Meditation can reduce suffering and improve awareness, insight, and compassion  Practicing mindfulness may improve health measures  Mindfulness o Strengthens connections among regions in the brain o Activates brain regions associated with reflective awareness o Calms brain activation in emotional situations Faith  Religiously active people tend to live longer o Religion promotes self­control and healthy behaviors o Provides social support  Hopefulness and meditation of prayer Key:          Definitions           Important People/Psychologists              Important Terms/Concepts o Promotes positive emotions


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