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 3: History of the Concept of Stress
History of the Concept of Stress
In the first two chapters, we asked how ideas could alter the workings of the body. We described how the mind-body problem has created barriers to understanding how the brain's functioning could be altered by what we perceive, think, and feel. We began to make a case for considering the role of the brain in altering physiological function for better or worse. Our argument can be summarized as follows: The brain is how we make contact with the external environment. The interactions are ultimately regulatory in nature. The regulatory process seeks to preserve normal, healthy functioning. We could say that the brain's primary purpose is to provide the highest level of behavioral and physiological ...