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Question: Describe and evaluate research into the relationship between the immune system and stress-related illnesses. (12 marks)

Mark – 11/12
Year – 2013
Subject – Psychology – A Level - AS

Answer: The immune system is an arrangement of cells, tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against ‘foreign’ invaders and infections – bacteria, parasites and fungi. It also protects to body from viruses that also cause infection. The immune systems job is to defend and destroy unknown microbes in the body. Stress is caused by a stressor as it leads to the experience of someone being stressed e.g. exams and being late to something. Stress is the subjective experience of a lack of ‘fit’ between a person and their environment, where the perceived demands of the situation are greater than the individual’s perceived ability to cope. The link between the immune system and stress-related illnesses it is said that when you are stressed; your immune system becomes vulnerable to infection, thus it weakens the system.

The study Kiecolt – Glaser et al is a useful study ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: Psychology
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 92%
  • Words: 879
  • Date submitted: February 17, 2016
  • Date written: November, 2013
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7132

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