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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.

Psychosocial Models of Health and Disease
Psychosocial models of health and disease

We know, or at least most of us believe, that we can't use our minds directly to influence outside objects. We can't levitate things. We can't transport ourselves to another place by means of thought. Yet the example at the beginning of the book reminds us that the mind influences the body, sometimes in dramatic ways. How can we affect the state of our body by our state of mind? That is the central question of this book. In later chapters, we will concentrate on how the mind can create the conditions for bodily stress responses, both acute and chronic. But before we discuss specific psychological contributions to stress responses, we should give thought ...

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