a complex pattern of changes, including physiological arousal, feelings, cognitive processes, and behavioral reactions, made in response to a situation perceived to be personally significant
states that emotions are a consequence of our physiological responses to external stimuli followed by identification of the emotion by examining the physical responses
The theory that our experience of emotion-arousing stimulus simultaneously triggers physiological responses to emotion arousing stimuli.
Two Factor Theory
Theory that states to experience emotion one must be physically aroused and cognitively label the arousal.
the process of expressing strongly felt but usually repressed emotions
self-perceived happiness or satisfaction with life
our tendency to form judgements relative to a neutral level defined by our prior experience
the perception that one is worse off relative to those one compares oneself
Universal facial expressions
disgust, anger, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise.
Feel-good, do-good phenomenon
People's tendency to be helpful wen already in a good mood.
an interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowledge to health and disease.
A subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine.
The process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging.
General Adaptation Syndrome
Selye's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in three stages- alarm, resistance, exhaustion.
Coronary Heart Disease
the clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muscle; the leading cause of death in many developed countries.
Friedman and Rosenman's term for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people.
Friedman and Rosenman's Term for easygoing, relaxed people.
Literally, "mind-body" illness; any stress related physical illness, such as hypertension and some headaches. Note: this is distinct from hypochondriasis.
The two types of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune system.
form in the bone marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections.
form in the thymus and, among other duties, attack cancer cells, viruses, and foreign substances.
Sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness; may alleviate depression and anxiety.
A system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back information regarding a subtle physiological state, such as blood pressure or muscle tension.