The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology

ISBN : 9780195394399

Suzanne Segerstrom
528 Pages
189 x 255 mm
Pub date
Jul 2012
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) - the interactions among the mind, nervous system, and immune system - is a new discipline that has emerged only in the last fifty years. Even more recent but no less important have been the many advances in and applications of psychology to PNI, the contributions of which are essential to the vitality of the rapidly growing field. The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology comprises perspectives on the state-of-the-art applications of psychological theory to PNI. Chapters in the volume represent the entire range of levels of analysis in psychoneuroimmunology. Genes within cells, cells within organs, organs within individuals, and individuals within both close social groups and large social structures are considered. Furthermore, chapters address the effects of psychological factors on markers of chronic, low-grade, systemic inflammation, which can indicate risk for many disorders including atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, frailty, and some cancers. The volume provides specific applications of psychoneuroimmunological models to fatigue, cancer, neuroinflammation, and pain - and a superb review of the ways psychotherapeutic approaches integrated with psychoneuroimmunological knowledge can mitigate against adverse health outcomes. This volume samples from the best and most sophisticated applications of psychology to PNI, whether those applications arise from affective science, development, behavioral neuroscience, or clinical psychology.


Suzanne C. Segerstrom
Part One: Development
1. Stress and Immunity in Pregnancy
Mary E. Coussons-Read
2. The Logic of Developmental Psychoneuroimmunology
Christopher L. Coe
3. Well-Being, Aging, and Immunity
Elliot M. Friedman
4. Stress and Immune System Aging
Rita B. Effros
Part Two: Emotion
5. Physiological Correlates of Self-Conscious Emotions
Sally S. Dickerson
6. Positive Emotions and Immunity
Sarah D. Pressman and Lora Black
7. Emotional Expression and Disclosure
Roger J. Booth
Part Three: Personality and Individual Differences
8. Temperament/Animal Personality
Kerry C. Michael and Sonia A. Cavigelli
9. Personality and Human Immunity
Sheldon Cohen, Denise Janicki-Deverts, Crista N. Crittenden, and Rodlescia S. Sneed
10. The Association Between Measures of Inflammation and Psychological Factors Associated with an Increased Risk of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: Hostility, Anger, and Depressed Mood and Symptoms
Edward C. Suarez
Part Four: Social Relationships
11. Marriage
Theodore F. Robles and Heidi S. Kane
12. Social Support and Immunity
Bert N. Uchino, Allison A. Vaughn, McKenzie Carlisle, and Wendy Birmingham
13. Socioeconomic Status, Inflammation, and Immune Function
Andrew Steptoe
14. Social Regulation of Gene Expression in the Immune System
Steven W. Cole
Part Five: Ecological Approaches
15. Comparative Psychoneuroimmunology/Ecoimmunology: Lessons from Simpler Model Systems
Shelley A. Adamo
16. Seasonal Rhythms in Psychoneuroimmunology
Zachary M. Weil and Randy J. Nelson
17. Motivation
Arnaud Aubert
Part Six: Clinical Method and Models
18. Psychoneuroimmunology of Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance: The Role of Proinflammatory Cytokines
Shamini Jain, Julienne Bower, and Michael R. Irwin
19. Psychoneuroimmunology and Cancer: Biobehavioral Influences on Tumor Progression
Susan K. Lutgendorf, Erin S. Costanzo, Anil K. Sood
20. Regulation of Target System Sensitivity in Neuroinflammation: Role of GRK2 in Chronic Pain
Annemieke Kavelaars, Anibal Garza Carbajal, and Cobi J. Heijnen
21. Stress Management, PNI, and Disease
Michael H. Antoni
22. Methods, Variance, and Error in Psychoneuroimmunology Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Suzanne C. Segerstrom and Gregory T. Smith
Part Seven: Conclusion
23. Looking into the Future: Conclusion to The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology
Suzanne C. Segerstrom

About the author: 

Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on how psychological and behavioral factors such as personality, self-control, and stress affect well-being and health, especially the immune system.

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