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.

Immunological Functioning II: Field Measures and Viral Challenge

Immunological functioning II: Field measures and viral challenge
Aric A.PratherAnna L.Marsland

It is widely accepted that psychological factors, such as stress and negative emotion, can influence health and disease. Elevated levels of psychological stress have been associated with the course of a wide range of physical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and AIDS (Kiecolt-Glaser, McGuire, Robles, & Glaser, 2002). In addition, compelling evidence links stress to increased susceptibility to infectious illnesses (Cohen, Tyrrell, & Smith, 1991). The influence of stress on the immune system is considered the primary biological pathway through which stress can influence disease susceptibility. In this regard, findings from a recent meta-analysis of more than 300 empirical articles suggest that psychological stress can ...

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