BS2.05 The Impact of Stress on the Brain and Health

Basic Science Level 2

How stress and traumatic experiences negatively impact our brain function and our health.

Learning Outcomes

  • What happens in the brain when a person experiences stress
  • How stress shuts off the prefrontal cortex and heightens the limbic brain
  • The changes known to occur after stress
  • Identify what a traumatic experience is and the detrimental health effects that can occur
  • Recognize chronic stress symptoms
  • The important role the prefrontal cortex plays in endocrine function, immune function, inflammation levels and emotional control and mental health