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Psychophysiology and Psychosomatics

  • Kostas N. Fountoulakis
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Abstract

The discipline of psychophysiology concerns the study of the link between psychological processes and somatic physiology, which is the interface between mind and body. The chapter discusses the basic psychophysiological mechanisms and methods of laboratory investigation, the concept of stress and its relationship with mental processes and body function, as well as the mechanisms behind the manifestations of psychosomatic symptomatology.

Keywords

Stress Psychosomatics Psychophysiology Fight or flight Electrodermal Pupillometry Autonomic nervous system 

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  • Kostas N. Fountoulakis
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  1. 1.3rd Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health SciencesAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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