Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Anisman, H. 2010. Stress Consequences. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Stressors promote behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and biological changes, many of which are essential to contend with the ongoing challenge. The biological changes introduced by stressors are a cascade of neuronal, hormonal, and immunological alterations that are thought to serve in an adaptive capacity. They may prepare the organism to cope with the challenge, blunt the psychological impact of the stressor, limit excessive activation of biological systems that might otherwise produce adverse outcomes, and diminish the influence of foreign pathogens (McEwen, 2000; Sapolsky, Romero, & Munck, 2005).