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Psychopathology of Human Adaptation

  • George Serban

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Psychopathology of Human Adaptation

    1. Sol Kittay, George Serban, Lawrence C. Kolb, Melvin Sabshin
      Pages 1-7
  3. Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Adaptive Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. James Olds
      Pages 47-75
    3. Samuel A. Corson, Elizabeth O’Leary Corson
      Pages 77-94
    4. Eric Klinger, Steven G. Barta, Thomas W. Mahoney
      Pages 95-112
    5. Elliot S. Valenstein
      Pages 113-124
  4. Psychopathology of Adaptive Learning: Motivation, Anxiety, and Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Hans Selye
      Pages 137-146
    3. John W. Mason, Edward H. Mougey, Mark J. Perlow, John T. Maher, L. Howard Hartley, Leeroy G. Jones
      Pages 147-171
    4. Richard S. Lazarus
      Pages 231-238
  5. Clinical Modification of Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. David C. McClelland
      Pages 247-270

About this book


Undoubtedly this symposium will prove to be an important landmark in the development of our understanding of the psychopathology of human adaptation in general, as well as of the general adaptation syndrome and stress in particular. It was organized to give an opportunity to an international group of experts on adaptation and stress research to present summaries of their research that could then later be exhaustively analyzed. The carefully structured program brings out three major aspects of adapta­ tion to stress in experimental animals and man. The first section deals with the neurophysiology of stress responses, placing major emphasis upon the neuroanatomical and neurochemical aspects involved. The second section is devoted to the psychology and psychopathology of adaptive learning, motivation, anxiety, and stress. The third section examines the role played by stress in the pathogenesis of mental diseases. Many of the relevant subjects receive particularly detailed attention. Among these, the following are especially noteworthy: The existence of reward and drive neurons. Constitutional differences in physiological adaptations to stress and d- tress. Motivation, mood, and mental events in relation to adaptive processes. Peripheral catecholamines and adaptation to underload and overload. Selective corticoid and catecholamine responses to various natural stimuli. The differentiation between eustress and distress. Resistance and overmotivation in achievement-oriented activity. The dynamics of conscience and contract psychology. Sources of stress in the drive for power. Advances in the therapy of psychiatric illness. The application of experimental studies on learning to the treatment of neuroses.


Motivation Syndrome anxiety attention psychopathology

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  • George Serban
    • 1
  1. 1.New York University Medical CenterUSA

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