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Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions is a brief and accessible examination of psychological stress and its psychophysiological relationships with cognition, emotions, brain functions, and the peripheral mechanisms by which the body is regulated. Updated throughout, the Third Edition covers two new and significant areas of emerging research: how our early life experiences alter key stress responsive systems at the level of gene expression; and what large, normal, and small stress responses may mean for our overall health and well-being.

Genes, Stress, and Behavior
Genes, Stress, and Behavior
Chapter objectives
  • Understand how individual differences in stress reactivity and behavior can be shaped by the environment.
  • Learn how maternal behavior can affect stress reactivity in the offspring in a rat research model.
  • Learn about an example of human research on early life stress and the impact of stress on psychology and behavior in adulthood.
  • Learn the difference between epigenetic programming and genetic vulnerability to experience.

Apersistent question in stress research is how and why persons differ so dramatically in response to potentially threatening events in daily life. What makes one person react with extreme anxiety where another person might merely behave with due caution? Why will one person view an irritable colleague as merely a “character” where another might see this ...

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