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 10: Genes, Stress, and Behavior
Genes, Stress, and Behavior
A persistent question in stress research is how and why persons differ so dramatically in response to potentially threatening events in daily life. What makes one person react with extreme anxiety where another person might merely behave with due caution? Why will one person view an irritable colleague as merely a “character” where another might see this person as an enemy? Perhaps most interestingly, these differences in behavioral tendencies often persist throughout a person's lifetime, and underlying these traits appear to be biologically based differences in temperament. The idea that temperament represents an inborn disposition having a traitlike consistency is reminiscent of the ways that breeds of dogs have relatively stable behavioral tendencies; Labrador retrievers are consistently faithful ...