Psychophysiology The Mind-Body Perspective

ISBN-10: 0674005619
ISBN-13: 9780674005617
Edition: 1995
Authors: Kenneth Hugdahl
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Book details

List price: $49.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 454
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

In our high-speed culture, terms like "stressed-out," "Type-A personality," "biofeedback," and "relaxation response" have become commonplaces. More than ever before, we are aware of the relationship between our mental and emotional states and our physical well-being. Findings from the field of psychophysiology, which investigates the reflexive interaction between psychology and physiology, have revised our approach to illness and its prevention and treatment. We know, for example, that stress, combined with other factors, increases vulnerability to heart attack and stroke. Successful treatment must include lifestyle changes to reduce the effects of stress on the body. In this important text, Kenneth Hugdahl presents a comprehensive introduction to the history, methods, and applications of psychophysiology and explores other areas concerned with the "mind-body interface," such as psychosomatic medicine, behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience. By showing how social, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional events are mirrored in physiological processes, he gives us a clearer understanding of complex cognitive processes. This book illustrates psychophysiology's importance as a research and clinical tool and highlights its many contributions to the assessment and diagnosis of physical disorders. It also provides a framework for extending psychophysiological insights to other areas of psychology and neuroscience.

Kenneth Hugdahl is Professor of Biological and Medical Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is coeditor of Brain Asymmetry and The Asymmetrical Brain (2002), both published by the MIT Press.

Preface
An Overview of Psychophysiology
Introduction
Psychophysiological Studies of Emotional and Cognitive Processes
Methodology and Definition Physiological
Changes and Their Measurement Psychophysiology and Disease
Cognitive Psychophysiology
Clinical Psychophysiology Future Challenges to Psychophysiology Summary
Concepts and Terms Stimulus Specificity

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