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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.

Central Nervous System Integrations of the Psychological Stress Response
Central nervous system integrations of the psychological stress response

In this chapter, we consider how a person's worldview can influence his or her emotions and thereby cause psychological stress responses. We begin with a functional view of how persons evaluate events and consider how these evaluations may result in negative emotions leading to psychological stress reactions. Negative emotions do not occur in isolation but are part and parcel with particular patterns of brain activity. The discussion will focus on what we know about the neurophysiology of negative affect leading to states of psychological stress. Chapter 4 discussed brain systems underlying the peripheral stress response, with an emphasis on homeostatic regulation based on activities of the hypothalamus, brainstem, ...

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