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Name 2 studies that investigates acute stressors and examination stress

> Kiecolt Glaser
> Marucha

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Outline what Kiecolt-Glaser did

They carried out a natural experiment by using blood samples taken from medical students one month before exams and during the exams. They measured the Natural Killer cell Activity in each blood sample.

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What did Kiecolt-Glaser find?

They found that NK cell activity was significantly reduced in the sample taken during exams, compared to the other sample. This suggests that short-term stressors reduce the immune system functioning, thus increases vulnerability to illness.

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Outline what Marucha did

Marucha performed punch biopsy's inside of students' mouths either during the summer holidays or 3 days before the exams.

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What did Marucha find?

Marucha found that wounds gievn before the exams took 40% longer to heal than wounds during the holidays

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Name 2 Studies that investigates Chronic Stress and relationship stress

> Kiecolt-Glaser
> Malarkey

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Outline what Kiecolt-Glaser did

Kiecolt-Glaser tested the impact of relationship conflicts on wound healing.

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What did Kiecolt-Glaser find?

They found that blister wounds on the arms of married couples healed more slowly after they had discussions which conflicting rather than supportive.

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Outline what Malarkey did

Malarkey studied 90 newly-wed couples over a 24 hour period

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What did Malarkey find

They found that Marital conflict produced significant changes in adrenaline and noradrenaline, which could lead to reduction in immune system functioning.