Psychoneuroimmunology

Lise Solberg Nes, Suzanne C. Segerstrom

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Abstract

Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the interaction between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. Communication between these systems is complex. Bidirectional neurological pathways exist, however, and psychological phenomena such as stress and depression may impact the immune system. Interventions seeking to reduce potentially negative effects of psychological phenomena on the immune system are at an early point. However, provided that participants were indeed feeling stressed, psychosocial interventions aiming to alleviate stress have been linked to stressor-related immune change. Further research in this area is needed, but psychosocial interventions focusing on diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and cancer have been at least partly promising. Applied psyuchoneuroimmunology may hence contribute to better immune function and subsequently to better health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
Pages103-127
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Brain
  • Endocrinology
  • Health
  • Immunology
  • Interventions
  • Mind
  • Neurology
  • Pathways
  • Psychology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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