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Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress

3. Impact on Health and Well-Being

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In this module, we think about how stressful events can impact on our health and mental well-being. We begin by introducing psychoneuroimmunology, a field of research exploring the connection between psychological processes and our immune system, before moving on to discuss the negative health impact of acute stress. In particular, we focus on exam stress and a research study by Marucha et al. (1998) which investigated the effects of exam stress on wound healing. Finally, we consider the impact that chronic stress can have on our health, leading to continuous anxiety or burnout.


In this course, Dr Sarita Robinson (University of Central Lancashire) discusses the topic of stress. We begin, in module one, by thinking about how we can define stress before moving on to examine how the body responds to stress in module two. Module three looks at the impact stress has on our health and well-being, while module four explores different methods of measuring stress. Finally, in module five, we think about how we can manage and cope with stressful situations.


Sarita Robinson (Psychology BSc - Lancaster University; Cognitive Sciences MSc - Manchester University) completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the School of Psychology at UCLan in 2005. Sarita’s research interests mainly focus on cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology in relation to people in survival situations. Sarita is also interested in the link between dental health and Alzheimer’s disease, the health benefits of Green space and Post-Traumatic Growth after trauma. Sarita is also passionate about science communication and undertakes extensive public engagement work.

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Robinson, S. (2019, November 28). Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress - Impact on Health and Well-Being [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Robinson, S. "Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress – Impact on Health and Well-Being." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Nov 2019,

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