Answer all questions in the Respond and Apply sections

By Support

Answer all questions in the Respond and Apply sections

Lab 3


  1. Review the content from online & in the textbook, ensure you’ve understood all major terms & concepts below.
  2. Answer all questions in the Respond and Apply sections below.
  3. If there is any confusion about course concepts, please include them in the final thoughts & questions section so I can better assist you in understanding materials through my feedback!
  4. Post in the discussion forum (if applicable).


Review the immediate physiological effects of the flight-or-fight response. Think about how each of the responses is designed to help a person survive danger. List one reason why each of the following immediate physiological responses would happen when we need to deal with a real threat.

  1. Increase in heart rate:
  2. Increase in breathing rate:
  3. Large (fighting and running) muscles become tense:
  4. Increase intolerance for pain:
  5. Increase in blood sugar levels:
  6. Suppressed immune system:
  7. The digestive system stops metabolizing food normally:


  1. Write down a situation you (or someone you know) found yourself in where you had no other desire than to stay alive by escaping. Describe how your body reacted in ways that are similar to those described in the material covered in lesson 3 with your immediate activation of the stress response.
  2. Describe a recent stressful situation where your life was not being threatened (i.e. getting a bad score on a test). How did you feel? What were your physical reactions?
  3. How do you explain the fact that you feel stressed in situations where there is no real danger involved? What can you tell yourself in these situations in order to put the stressful event in perspective and keep your stress response in proportion to the actual risk?
  4. The last stage of Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), exhaustion, explains how stress is related to disease and illness. Consider the last time you got sick or acquired disease. Describe the obstacles that prevented you from achieving homeostasis, thereby causing illness or disease.