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Vocab for Chapter 14

Myers 7th Edition - Chapter 14 Vocabulary

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Behavioral medicine An interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowledge to health and disease.
Health Psychology A subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine.
Stress The process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging.
General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) Selye's concept of the body 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.
Type A Friedman and Rosenman's term for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people.
Type B Friedman and Rosenman's term for easygoing, relaxed people.
Psychophysiological illness Literally, "mind-body" illness; any stress-related physical illness, such as hypertension and some headaches. Note: This is distinct from hypochondriasis - misinterpreting normal physical sensations as symptoms of a disease.
Lymphocytes Two types of white blood cells that are part of the immune system: B lymphocytes form in the bone marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections: T lymphocytes form in the thymus and attack cancer cells, viruses and foreign substances.
Aerobic exercise Sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness; may also alleviate depression and anxiety.
Biofeedback A system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back information regarding a subtle physiological state, such as blood pressure or muscle tension.
Complementary and alternative medicine Unproven health care treatments not taught widely in medical schools, not used in hospitals, and not usually reimbursed by insurance companies.
Created by: shellenberger