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.

Measuring Physiological Processes in Biopsychosocial Research: Basic Principles amid Growing Complexity

Measuring Physiological Processes in Biopsychosocial Research: Basic Principles amid Growing Complexity

Measuring physiological processes in biopsychosocial research: Basic principles amid growing complexity
Timothy W.SmithBert N.Uchino

The measurement of physiological states and processes has always been central in health psychology. After all, what would the study of associations between mind and body or behavior and health be if some sort of physiological variables were not included in many of its individual investigations? Yet, the field has also included frequent instances of imprecise conceptualization and measurement of biomedical variables. Early in the history of health psychology, for example, it was not uncommon for health outcomes to be measured through self-reports of physical symptoms—a strategy that assumed reporting the symptoms of “runny nose” or “cough” was an adequate indication of ...

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