Margaret E. Kemeny

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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Psychoneuroimmunology is an interdisciplinary field that involves the investigation of the bidirectional relationships among the mind, brain, immune system, and health. In this chapter, studies are reviewed demonstrating that exposure to stressful life experience can impact immune function, with relations depending on psychological and behavioral responses. In addition, our evolving understanding that the immune/inflammatory system can impact the brain and behavioral processes, including mood, motivation, and cognition, will be described. The implications of brain–immune communication for health and disease will be discussed.

Keywords: Psychoneuroimmunology; immune system; immune function; stress; brain; emotion; cognition; immunity

Article.  18151 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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