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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.

Central Nervous System Integration of the Psychological Stress Response
Central Nervous System Integration of the Psychological Stress Response
Chapter objectives
  • Learn the stages of appraisal that lead to psychological stress responses.
  • Learn how interpretation of ongoing events can be translated into emotional responses and motivations for behavior.
  • Understand the brain structures that are involved in the appraisal process and formation of emotions.
  • Understand the interaction between cognitive and affective information that forms frontal-limbic interactions.
  • Learn the role of outputs from the amygdala in forming physiological outputs to the body during states of stress.

In this chapter, we consider how a person’s view of the world can influence his or her emotions and thereby cause psychological stress responses. We will begin with a functional view of how persons evaluate events and then ...

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