psychoimmunology


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psychoimmunology

(sī′kō-ĭm′yə-nŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The branch of medicine that studies the effects of psychological and social factors on the functioning of the immune system.

psy′cho·im′mu·nol′o·gist n.
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Clinical research strategies in psychoimmunology: A review of 46 human research studies (1972-1992).
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Psychoimmunology for the psychoneuroendocrinologist: A review of animal studies of nervous system-immune system interactions.
In this sense, already in 1984, Jemmot and Locke expressed the idea of evaluating these variables in research on psychoimmunology and, subsequently, Eysenck concluded that people with low scores on neuroticism and psychoticism, and high scores on extroversion are genetically predisposed to presenting patterns of depression and helplessness in stressing situations, thus producing an increase in the levels of cortisol in blood, which has an immunodepressor effect (Eysenck, 1985).
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the field of Psychoimmunology. This has led to proposing several working clinical hypotheses aimed at outlining a clear picture of the kind of relationship between these two phenomena.