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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.

Health Implications of Exaggerated and Blunted Stress Reactivity
Health Implications of Exaggerated and Blunted Stress Reactivity
Chapter objectives
  • Learn the differences in health outcomes that are associated with exaggerated and blunted stress reactivity.
  • Consider that blunted stress reactivity may result from stress or adversity in early life.
  • Brain mechanisms associated with the stress response (Chapter 5) appear to be modifiable by early experience.
  • Early experience may influence brain development. Brain function will affect behavior, psychological dispositions, and stress reactivity in ways that influence health. This analysis begins to provide an answer to mechanisms by which the environment gets under the skin to affect health outcomes.

The goal of this chapter is to present examples of hyper- and hyporeactivity to stress and to tie these opposing tendencies to information about health ...

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