The Role of Peripheral Catecholamines in Adaptation to Understimulation and Overstimulation

  • Marianne Frankenhaeuser


A key problem in the current debate about man in future society concerns the application of technological advances. Will it be possible to direct new applications in such a way that they contribute to realizing social and human goals? So far, technological innovations have been used mainly to increase automation and mechanization, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of human production and communication. Today, there is a growing awareness that improvements gained by automation and mechanization may have negative side effects on the psychological level. The psychosocial environment has changed drastically, conditions characterized by understimulation and overstimulation have been created, and the demands on man’s adaptive capacity continue to increase.


Catecholamine Secretion Psychosocial Environment Human Stress Daily Routine Activity Catecholamine Excretion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne Frankenhaeuser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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