By Shelley E. Taylor

With its transparent descriptions of present examine into the prevention, therapy, and motives of future health comparable problems, overall healthiness Psychology has helped hundreds of thousands of school scholars how to retain their healthiness and defend opposed to disease because the first variation was once released in 1986. utilizing modern, real-world examples, the 9th variation specializes in the significance of social relationships, wellbeing and fitness behaviors, and co-management of health and wellbeing and disease. Taylor makes learn available in a manner that integrates thought with sensible functions in order that scholars come away with a present, thorough realizing of overall healthiness psychology.

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The Forebrain The forebrain includes the thalamus and the hypothalamus. The thalamus is involved in the recognition of sensory stimuli and the relay of sensory impulses to the cerebral cortex. The hypothalamus helps regulate cardiac functioning, blood pressure, respiration, water balance, and appetites, including hunger and sexual desire. It is an important transition center between the thoughts generated in the cerebral cortex of the brain and their impact on internal organs. For example, embarrassment can lead to blushing via the hypothalamus through the vasomotor center in the medulla to the blood vessels.

Most metabolic products are water soluble and can be easily transported in the blood, but some substances, such as lipids, are not soluble in water and so must be transported in the blood plasma. Lipids include fats, cholesterol, and lecithin. An excess of lipids in the blood is called hyperlipidemia, a condition common in diabetes, some kidney diseases, hyperthyroidism, and alcoholism. It is also a causal factor in the development of heart disease (see Chapters 5 and 13). The absorption of food takes place primarily in the small intestine, which produces enzymes that complete the breakdown of proteins to amino acids.

Death is a common consequence of these conditions. Chapter 2 ■ THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM Overview Respiration, or breathing, has three main functions: to take in oxygen, to excrete carbon dioxide, and to regulate the composition of the blood. The body needs oxygen to metabolize food. During the process of metabolism, oxygen combines with carbon atoms in food, producing carbon dioxide (CO2). The respiratory system brings in oxygen through inspiration; it eliminates carbon dioxide through expiration.

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