This is Questions that you need to respond based on the readings. 2) Regarding

This is Questions that you need to respond based on the readings.
2) Regarding the rising costs of health care and insurance, various proposals have been voiced to try to curb the expenses including “charging” extra fees to people who engage in risky behaviors (e.g., smokers, overweight individuals). You can read this article in the New York Times for specific details regarding this option (see Content for additional readings for Week 1). You should outline the pros and cons of these proposals in terms of the financial and emotional impact on people. Also do you have any other suggestions on how savings could be obtained since health care costs continue to increase?
3) How did the biopsychosocial approach to understanding health arise? Do you think this perspective is an improvement on the traditional biomedical model? Can you think of any evidence from your own life in which health care providers utilized a particular approach? Would another approach have been more helpful? Please try to incorporate your own experience/perspective to address the contrast between the two models.
4) You should discuss four major research approaches utilized by health psychologists and identify a pro and a con for each methodology. If you were interested in studying the impact of stress on health, what type of study would you design? How would you define stress and health? Would you manipulate stress or use a correlational study to better understand naturally occurring stress?
5) Based on the TED talk by Dan Buettner (, what are some of the common denominators of longevity? How many of these factors are present in your life or community? How does he use evolutionary theory to explain life span?

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