Health psychology: Developing biologically plausible models linking the social world and physical health

Gregory Miller*, Edith Chen, Steve W. Cole

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research over the past several decades has documented psychosocial influences on the development and progression of several major medical illnesses. The field is now increasingly focused on identifying the biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying these effects. This reviewtakes stock of the knowledge accumulated in the biological arena to date and highlights conceptual and methodological approaches that have proven especially productive. It emphasizes the value of a diseasecentered approach that "reverse engineers" adverse health outcomes into their specific biological determinants and then identifies psychologically modulated neuroendocrine and immunologic dynamics that modulate those pathological processes at the cellular and molecular levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-524
Number of pages24
JournalAnnual review of psychology
Volume60
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Coronary heart disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammation
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Social relationships
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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