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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.

The Immune System and Behavior
The immune system and behavior

Since Selye's (1936) earliest work, we have known that high levels of cortisol occurring during states of stress can alter immune system tissues and suppress immune system responses. This led to the insight that mechanisms serving the response to a stressor have an impact on immune system function. At the same time, Selye saw infection itself as a stressor because it threatens the organism and causes both nonspecific and specific compensatory responses. Both observations suggested that immune responses and generalized stress responses interact with each other. Since then, our recognition of the interactions between immune function and autonomic and endocrine mechanisms has grown substantially. In this chapter, we will briefly describe the organization of the immune ...

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