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Evaluate the role of control in the perception of stress Control refers to when a person feels able to direct their life. It is said that if a person cannot control their life or aspects

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Evaluate the role of control in the perception of stress Control refers to when a person feels able to direct their life. It is said that if a person cannot control their life or aspects of their life then they are more likely to get more stressed. I think that people like to feel in control even if they are not so the perception of control is more significant than whether or not the individual is actually in control. Research indicates that control may either reduce or increase stress. An experiment by Laudenslager was done with rats. Each rat had a leaver which it could press but only one rat could end the electric shock by pressing the leaver and the other one had no control over the electric shocks. What happened with the rat is that the T cells from the rat that could control the shock multiplied but the rat that couldn't control the shocks their T cells were significantly reduced. ...read more.

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Passengers didn't have control over where they wanted to sit if they got on the train later because there was less choice of seats so that meant that they were not in control as much and had to sit where there was a seat so they didn't get a choice of seat. The experiment was only looking at male passengers who used the train. They didn't know much about the passengers because if passengers had done this journey day after day their stress levels wouldn't be as high because they would be used to it but if they only do this journey once a month it would be more stressful for them. This was only done on males so it is gender bias. The good thing about it is that it was done on humans but because they knew they were being watched it might have made them more stressed. ...read more.

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What happened was after 23 days the executive monkey died of an ulcer and the control monkey had no ulcers or any abnormalities. This shows that the ulcers were caused due to psychological stress not physiological stress but it suggests that being in control is what creates the physiological stress. Like the rat experiment this was not done with humans but monkeys are fairly close to humans and again it is not set in a natural environment. I think that to a certain extent you do get more stressed when you aren't in control as you might have to rely on someone/something else. Control makes you feel more in power. From these experiments it shows that there is a link between control and stress but seeing as you can't so the animal experiments to humans we are not sure that humans would act in the same way as the animals. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Clarke ...read more.

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