Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines including health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral genetics. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods.

Summary and Future Directions
Summary and future directions


In this chapter we look into the future in order to consider new opportunities and challenges to psychobiological research and practice, reviewing what we have learned so far and what questions we have yet to adequately address.

In addition, we consider how psychobiological research and practice could benefit from recent technological advances, including those in information and communication technologies, brain imaging technologies and virtual reality applications.

We end with a consideration of ethical issues relevant to the future development of the field.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • describe advances in research methods across a number of fields relevant to health
  • consider how these advances have contributed to our current understanding of associations between psychological, social and ...
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