Human Psychoneuroimmunology

I. A. Boggero, S. C. Segerstrom

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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the interdisciplinary science investigating the bidirectional interactions between psychological phenomena, the nervous system, and the immune system. Particularly relevant to mental health professionals is an understanding of how stress, personality, psychopathology, and psychological interventions influence immunological functioning. The present entry provides a brief history of PNI and an overview of the immune system before discussing how each of four psychological phenomena relates to immune parameters. Overall, data strongly support an association between psychological functioning and immune functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
StatePublished - 2016


  • Cell-mediated immunity
  • Depression
  • Humoral immunity
  • Immunology
  • Inflammation
  • Natural immunity
  • Personality
  • Psychological intervention
  • Psychopathology
  • Specific immunity
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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