How Psychophysiology Contributes to Health Psychology

Authored by: J. Richard Jennings , Victoria Egizio

Handbook of Health Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805864618
eBook ISBN: 9780203804100
Adobe ISBN: 9781136638299

10.4324/9780203804100.ch2

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Abstract

Psychophysiologists are interested in the physiological states that accompany psychological processes in humans. The area becomes central to health psychology when the question is asked, “How do psychological processes translate into physiological changes that enhance or endanger health?” Do these physiological changes then further impact both psychological processes and health? Neither the accurate assessment of physiological states nor the inference of physiological mechanisms is simple, however. This chapter reviews issues raised in the psychophysiology of health and develops both the promise and the limitations of psychophysiological measures.

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