Specificity and Stress Research

  • Jerome E. Singer
  • Laura M. Davidson
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


There are a number of different ways in which the psychological and physiological aspects of behavior have been interrelated. The connection between the two domains is fundamental. It is the distinction between them that is artificial. Yet there is some administrative virtue in partitioning the unitary responses of a human being or an animal into components that follow disciplinary lines. Each discipline—physiology, endocrinology, psychology, anthropology, and so forth—tends to focus on its aspect of the integrated biobehavioral response with its own set of questions and investigative concepts and techniques. This chapter discusses one of the most common and important of the biobehavioral responses, namely, stress. The perspective will be psychological, and the question to be examined will be the source of individual differences in the diverse factors believed to enter into the stress system.


Social Support Coping Style Hemorrhagic Shock Aircraft Noise Transactional Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome E. Singer
    • 1
  • Laura M. Davidson
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical PsychologyUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA

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