Cognition, Emotion, and Illness

  • Peter Lang
  • Bruce Cuthbert
  • Barbara Melamed


Whenever general physicians are polled as to the source of their patients’ complaints, they invariably respond that most symptoms are directly or indirectly related to emotional factors (Shapiro, 1959). However, excluding a vigorous neurohumoral and behavioural tradition in animal research, there is surprisingly little scientific work elucidating the role of human emotion in illness. Even among researchers, the study of emotions has in many ways remained in the domains of subjective conjecture, patient anecdotes, and armchair psychology.


Cognitive Appraisal Illness Behaviour Phenomenological Experience Information Processing Theory Secondary Appraisal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Lang
    • 1
  • Bruce Cuthbert
    • 1
  • Barbara Melamed
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of FloridaUSA

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