The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology comprises perspectives on the state-of-the-art and the recent advances in psychoneuroimmunology. Chapters in the volume represent the entire range of levels of analysis in this field. The traditional focus on stress can be seen in several chapters, but this focus is also modernized in chapters dealing with specific stressful conditions, emotional reactions, and individual differences.
The chapters also reveal an expansion of the levels of analysis from molecules to societies. The importance of the neuroendocrine-immune interactions for health is reflected in chapters examining these impacts from pregnancy through infancy, and in the latter decades of life. Furthermore, chapters address the effects of psychological factors on markers of chronic, low-grade, systemic inflammation, which is relevant to many disorders including atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, frailty, and some cancers.
The volume provides specific discussions on fatigue, cancer, neuroinflammation and pain, and a superb review of the ways psychotherapeutic approaches integrated with psychoneuroimmunology knowledge can mitigate against adverse health outcomes.
Chapters in the volume provide overviews of the latest work in six domains: development, emotion, personality and individual differences, social relationships, ecology, and clinical models.
Hardcover: 528 pages; Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2012); Part of the Oxford library of psychology series.
Subjects: Behavioral Sciences; Physiology; Biological Science Disciplines; Psychiatry and Psychology; Psychoneuroimmunology; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Health and Biological Sciences; Neuroscience; Immunology.
“…………presenting evidence from multiple perspectives that provide a more complete picture of the many ways in which psychology and health are linked. New areas of exploration include personality, cancer, and marriage as they relate to PNI. ………This handbook adds an important interdisciplinary perspective to any research institution’s collection supporting the fields of neuroscience, psychology, biology, medicine, or public health.” — R. Borchardt, American University, CHOICE