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Racing Against Your Heart

Psyc Reading project

Missy Jaworski

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Racing Against Your Heart

Racing Against Your Heart The psychology of specific and overt behavior
patterns that connect with blood
and cardiovascular findings.
(Personality type A and type B) The Experiment The Aftermath Results Video How the Experiment Worked Finding Subjects What They thought They'd Find Background Information Back in the 1950's two cardiologists named Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman discovered behavior patterns linked to an individuals health. Being cardiologists, both Friedman and Rosenman developed a set of characteristics to behavior patterns that they believed correlated to large levels of cholesterol and surprisingly coronary heart disease (which I will abbreviate as CHD). Which was then translated into their Personality types A and B. Both Friedman and Rosenman believed that people
whom were exposed to stress by excessive drive,
pressure, competition, and economic upset were
more commonly to suffer from CHD. Also,
that people with CHD had different important
characterists. First Friedman and Rosenman interviewed participant's parents to figure out heart trouble history, # of hours working, sleeping, and exercising, along with how much alcohol, tobacco, and dietary habits.

To figure out which personality type the subject fit into, they were observed by movements, tone of voice, teeth habits, gestures, impatience, drive in self, and awareness of time. The men were all asked to keep a diary of everything they consumed over one week. (All encoded to keep secrecy) After the diaries were collected they were analyzed by hospital dietitians. Who all were not aware of the groups theorized by Friedman and Rosenman.
Blood samples were collected to see cholesterol levels and clotting times, CHD was assumed by past heart issues and electrocardiogram readings. Both Rosenman and Friedman did not analyze the diaries to avoid bias. The men found in group A did have an obsession with wining, a rushed time committed schedule, and ambitious while the men in group B who were stirkingly quite different being less concerned, less driven, and spent more time with family and friends. Group A found to lead a highly stressful life had blood that clotted faster, but they drank and smoked more, had higher cholesterol, as long as 26 % had CHD. While group B although ate more calories, they didn't smoke as much nor drink, their blood clotted slower, but only 4 % had CHD. Type A personality refers to a person with drive, competitiveness, desire for recognition, organized, inpatients, mental and physical alertness. Type B personality refers to a person the exact opposite of A; usually lazy or unmotivated, kind and easy going, as well as lack of physical stamina; but a longer life span due to less stress. What are Type A and B Personalities? Method to the Madness 69 out of 83 men in group A had fully developed pattern Final determination= 58 out of the 83 in group B had fully developed patten Age was average of 45, 83 men in each group
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