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.

Genetic Factors in Psychophysiological Research

Genetic Factors in Psychophysiological Research

Genetic factors in psychophysiological research

This handbook has provided a thorough overview of common physiological measurements of interest to health psychologists. Although it is clear that many of these physiological traits are indeed related to psychological and social factors, they are also likely to vary by individual differences in genetic vulnerability. Increasing evidence also suggests that psychological and social factors may interact with genetic vulnerability in predicting physiological response. Thus, adding markers of genetic risk to physiological studies could improve our ability to detect environmental risk factors as well as to understand how environmental risk factors may vary in their impact based on individual differences in genetic vulnerability. In this chapter, we focus on what can be learned by incorporating genetic ...

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