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Principles of Psychophysiology

  • Michael Feuerstein
  • Elise E. Labbé
  • Andrzej R. Kuczmierczyk

Abstract

As discussed in Chapter 2, psychophysiological concepts and techniques have played an important role in the development of health psychology. The field of psychophysiology has contributed much to the understanding and treatment of a variety of health problems. Therefore, an understanding of the field is essential for an in-depth appreciation of health psychology. The purpose of this chapter is to review basic psychophysiological concepts and techniques. A review of principles of the nervous and endocrine systems is followed by an overview of the physiological response systems that are often the focus of study in the field. Finally, theoretical considerations in the field will be presented and their implications for understanding psychological mechanisms of health and illness discussed. Psychophysiological research relevant to health and illness will be discussed throughout this book. The material covered in this chapter will provide a basis for understanding such research.

Keywords

Skin Conductance Skin Resistance Physiological Reactivity Electrodermal Activity Autonomic Balance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Feuerstein
    • 1
  • Elise E. Labbé
    • 2
  • Andrzej R. Kuczmierczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  2. 2.University of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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