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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.

Behavior, Stress, and Health
Behavior, stress, and health

At the beginning of this book, we asked how ideas could come to have power over our bodies. From the point of a truly behavioral medicine, we need to understand how all of our behaviors, including our thoughts and emotions, can relate with our physical selves. As we have tried to show, the study of psychological stress is perfectly suited to this task because it forces us to consider how our perceptions and interpretations of the world can result in negative emotions and how these can change the autonomic and endocrine influences on the rest of the body.

The Historical Dilemma of Mind-Body Dualism

We have addressed the mind-body relationship and the concept of psychological stress from a historical perspective. ...

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