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process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging

general adaptation syndrome (GAS)

Sely's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in three stages- alarm, resistance, exhaustion

coronary heart disease

clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muscle

Type A

Friedman and Roseman's trem for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people

Type B

Friedman and Roseman's term for easygoing, relaxed people


alleviating stress using emotional, cognitive, or behavioral methods

problem-focused coping

attempting to alleviate stress directly- by changing stressor or the way we interact with that stressor

emotion-focused coping

attempting to alleviate stress by avoiding or ignoring a stressor

aerobic exercise

sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness


system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back info regarding physiological state

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