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PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Textbook

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between stimulus-based and response-based definitions of stress
  • Define stress as a process
  • Differentiate between good stress and bad stress
  • Describe the early contributions of Walter Cannon and Hans Selye to the stress research field
  • Understand the physiological basis of stress and describe the general adaptation syndrome
  • Describe different types of possible stressors
  • Explain the importance of life changes as potential stressors
  • Describe the Social Readjustment Rating Scale
  • Understand the concepts of job strain and job burnout
  • Explain the nature of psychophysiological disorders
  • Describe the immune system and how stress impacts its functioning
  • Describe how stress and emotional factors can lead to the development and exacerbation of cardiovascular disorders, asthma, and tension headaches
  • Define coping and differentiate between problem-focused and emotion-focused coping
  • Describe the importance of perceived control in our reactions to stress
  • Explain how social support is vital in health and longevity
  • Define and discuss happiness, including its determinants
  • Describe the field of positive psychology and identify the kinds of problems it addresses
  • Explain the meaning of positive affect and discuss its importance in health outcomes
  • Describe the concept of flow and its relationship to happiness and fulfillment


Click on the links below to access the assigned reading.

     14.1 What is Stress?
     14.2 Stressors
     14.3 Stress and Illness
     14.4 Regulation of Stress
     14.5 The Pursuit of Happiness


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