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AQA A-Level Psychology PYA4: Infradian, Circadian and Ultraradian Rhythms

AQA A-Level Psychology PYA4: Infradian, Circadian and Ultraradian Rhythms

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A-Level Psychology Notes: Infradian, Circadian and Ultraradian Rhythms
A-Level Psychology Notes: Infradian, Circadian and Ultraradian Rhythms

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Published by: Stephan Amaranath on Apr 03, 2009
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I
nfradian Rhythms
C
ircadian Rhythms
U
ltradian Rhythms
 
 
Infradian Rhythms
Rhythms that have a period greater than 24hrs but lessthan 1 year, example:
Monthly Cycles
Menstrual Cycle
 
(regulate ovulation: to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary)
Pituitary gland releases hormones FSH
(follicle stimulating hormone)
&LH
(luteinizing hormone)
Stimulate a follicle in 1 ovary to ripen egg &release oestrogen.Once egg is ripened, bursting follicle releases progesteroneLining of womb/increase blood supply prepare for pregnancy no pregnancy? Levels of pro. falls lining sheds21 men. Temp. and mood measured over periods
(varying49-102 days)
Found occurring changes of body temp. andbiased ratings of morning alertness. Cycle lengthapprox. 20 days (Empson, 1977) – historical validity?Approx. 28 days
 
 
Infradian Rhythms
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Infradian rhythms don’t need to be monthly, it can be once ayear rhythm/cycle.Some people suffer from SAD
(depressive condition)
They becomedepressed during winter and recover during summer.Causes of this depression??Research shows…Melatonin
(hormone)
released by pineal gland when it becomesdark. This hormone may be related to chronicdepression.

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