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The field of health psychology has exploded in the last decade due to progress identifying physiological mechanisms by which psychological, social, and behavioral factors can put people's health and well-being at risk. The Handbook of Physiological Research Methods in Health Psychology provides thorough, state-of-the-art, and user-friendly coverage of basic techniques for measurement of physiological variables in health psychology research. It is designed to serve as a primary reference source for researchers and students interested in expanding their research to consider a biopsychosocial approach. Chapters addressing key physiological measures have been written by international experts with an eye towards documenting essential information that must be considered in order to accurately and reliably measure biological samples. The book is not intended to be a lab manual of specific biomedical techniques, nor is it intended to provide extensive physiological or anatomical information. Rather, it takes the approach most useful for a non-specialist who seeks guidance on how and when to collect biological measures but who will have the actual samples assayed elsewhere. The Handbook can be thought of as a primer or a gateway book for researchers new to the area of physiological measurement and for readers who would like to better understand the meaning of physiological measures they encounter in research reports.

Laboratory-Based Measures of Immune Parameters and Function
Laboratory-based measures of immune parameters and function
ShaminiJainSuziHongLauraRedwinePaul J.Mills

Over the past few decades, the field of health psychology has expanded seemingly exponentially. With accumulation of knowledge within the field, focus on study design and markers relevant to disease processes and health outcomes increases. For example, findings in the area of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have been increasingly important in understanding how psychological processes influence immunity and, in turn, disease states. Such studies have helped us better understand the effects of depression as well as acute and chronic stress on immunity (Anisman & Merali, 2003). Advances in PNI have also helped elucidate effects of negative psychological states on biological disease processes, including atherosclerosis, heart disease, asthma, allergic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep disorders, ...

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