INTRODUCTION TO STRESS
“Stress, like Einstein’s theory of relativity, is a scientific concept which has suffered from the mixed blessing of being too well known and too little understood.” (Dr Hans Selye)
In this assignment, you will be exploring your own knowledge of stress and how this compares with the current research on short- and long-term effects of stress on the brain.
Take the quiz at the following link:
Test Your Stress IQ. WebMD. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/rm-quiz-stress-test
After completing the quiz, read about the most common myths about stress described by the APA at the following links:
Answer the following questions to complete your Case assignment. Please see the assignment expectations below for additional details on completing your essay for Module 1.
1. Describe your quiz results from the APA. How well did you do? Did any of the answers surprise you? Why?
2. After viewing the most common myths associated with stress from the APA website, discuss which concept you believe is the most misunderstood. Give support for your reasons (using your own research and sources for support).
3. Watch the following video on “How Stress Affects Your Brain.” Learn how chronic stress can affect brain size, structure, and function, right down to the level of your genes.
Murgia, M. (n.d.). Ted Talks. How stress affects your brain . Retrieved February 11, 2017, from
a. Summarize the video’s message in 1-2 paragraphs.
b. Do you think cognitive stress has the most influence (or impact) on the body’s
response to stress? Explain.
4. How is the brain affected differently by short-term stress versus long-term stress? Provide examples for both types of stress.
5. There’s been a lot of research into how chronic stress changes the brain. Do you think stress could be a good thing if managed effectively? Why (in what potential situations?)
Organize this essay assignment using subtitles that summarize the topic from each question above. For example, to answer Question 1, use a descriptive subtitle like the following: My Stress Quiz Results.
Answer each question under the subtitle using complete sentences that relate back to the question. Be sure to use APA formatting throughout your essay, with 1-inch margins, 12-pt font, and double spacing throughout. Include a title page, introduction, answers to the questions with subtitles, and concluding paragraph. Remember to include in-text citations within the body of the essay referencing your resources (i.e., Murray, 2014). Also, be sure to include a reference section at the end of your assignment listing all required readings and any additional resources you used to complete your essay. A helpful guide to writing a quality essay can be found on your TLC Home Page under FAQ/Writing Tips/Student Guide to Writing a High Quality Academic Paper. This guide also provides links to example essays written using APA format.
For this SLP assignment, you will research the four major categories of stress, then develop an action plan that targets your greatest source of stress. Your assignment will be to develop a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:
Title Slide with Name, Course, and Date
Slide 2 – Introduction
Topics to be covered in outline form
In your own words, write down a definition for stress. List and describe four examples each for a physical type of stress, cognitive type of stress, emotional type of stress, and behavioral type of stress (see the Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms image from the Module Overview for guidance).
Show one image illustrating each category of stress (i.e., one image for physical stress, one image for emotional, one image for behavioral and one for cognitive).
Describe how stress can be positive. Give two examples and show an image to illustrate.
Develop an Action Plan
a. What is the biggest source of stress in your life right now? Would you describe it as short- or long-term stress (or both)?
b. Is this a positive or negative stress? Why?
c. What (if anything) can you do to eliminate negative stress in an effective way from your life?
Slide 9 – Conclusion
Summarize your project findings.
SLP Assignment Expectations
For this SLP assignment you will develop a PowerPoint Presentation that is approximately 1-10 slides in length and addresses the requirements outlined above. Place the text containing the answers to the questions above in the slide area, summarizing each topic using bullet points (in your own words, expand in more detail using the notes area). Images to convey text will not be accepted.
Be sure to include citations referencing your sources on each slide (use either the slide or notes area). Include a descriptive title for each slide that describes the topic being discussed. Be sure to include a title slide with your name, assignment type (ex. SLP Module 1 or 3), and course title. Include an introduction slide with the subjects you will cover in outline form. Include a slide summarizing your project findings (Conclusion slide). Your final slide should contain a list of references cited in APA format.