Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions, Second Edition examines the biological links between our emotions and changes in our health. Author William R. Lovallo provides an introduction to the concept of psychological stress, its physiological manifestations, and its effects on health and disease. The book concentrates on the psychophysiological relationship between cognitions, emotions, brain functions, and the peripheral mechanisms by which the body is regulated. Stress and Health is the only book on the biology of psychological stress for students and researchers in the behavioral sciences.
Chapter 1: Behavioral Medicine and Biomedicine
Behavioral Medicine and Biomedicine
In 1928, the American physiologist Walter Cannon was addressing the Massachusetts Medical Society on the subject of emotions and disease. He recounted:
A wife who was free from any cardiac disorder saw her husband walking arm in arm with a strange woman and acting in such a way as to rouse jealousy and suspicion. Profoundly stirred by the incident the wife hastened home and remained there several days. She then began to fear going out lest she might meet her husband with her rival. After days of wretchedness she was persuaded by a friend to venture forth, “probably in a state of abject terror,” … but she had not gone far when she ran back to her home. Then ...