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Articles on Psychobiology, the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes. The topics tackle the effects of cognition, emotions, and experience on animal physiology.

Psychobiology Articles

Physical beauty involves more than good looks
There is more to beauty than meets the stranger's eye, according to results from three studies examining the influence of non-physical traits on people's perception of physical attractiveness.

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: 3.20

African bone tool discovery has important implications for evolution of human behavior
An emerging set of archaeological evidence may answer a key question in the human origins debate by providing proof that not only did early Homo sapiens come out of Africa

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: 3.80

'Modern' Behavior Began 40,000 Years Ago In Africa, Evidence Suggests
Excavations from the Enkapune Ya Muto (EYM) rock shelter in the central Rift Valley of Kenya offer the best evidence yet that modern human behavior originated in Africa more than 40,000 years ago.

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

New treatments based on human behaviour could reduce drug prescribing
New psychological treatments - behavioural medicine - could significantly reduce the need for drug treatments for some conditions

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

Giving computers the jitters helps explain human behavior
Penn State researchers have developed a computer program that mimics the results when a human appraises a task as threatening and feels worried before starting.

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: 4.00

Democratic nation building must overcome natural human behavior
The rapidly rising costs – human and financial -- of our Iraq and Afghanistan adventures make it increasingly imperative that the United States abandon its proclaimed policy of bringing democracy to the nations of the Middle East

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: 1.00

Human behavior changes the number of strains of infectious diseases
Simple models predict that only one strain of an infectious disease can exist at one time, but observation suggests otherwise.

Date: 27 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

The Psychobiology of Hysteria
Hysteria is often regarded as the archetypal psychodynamic illness.

Date: 30 Apr 2007, Rating: 4.88

A Review of the Syndrome and Its Public Health Implications
The authors review the literature on SAD and discuss its public health implications in the context of a typical case presentation.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated, 4 pages

Psychobiology of stroke: a neglected area
The article draws attention to the current state of disorganized stroke care in Canada and suggests remedies for this problem.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated

Landscapes and human behavior
The North Desert Village landscaping experiment

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 1.00

New theory of human behavior takes internal goals into account
Might our actions instead be primarily driven by what's inside us? Or maybe, does what we do emerge from a combination of both internal and external factors?

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 8.00

Genes don`t control human behavior, evolutionist says
"Evolutionary psychology" - the discipline that attempts to explain much of human behavior as a creation of natural selection that operated during our hunter-gatherer past - "is dead but doesn`t seem to know it yet,"

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 3.94

Latest buzz in research: Intoxicated honey bees may clue scientists into drunken human behavior
Inebriated bees could give researchers better insight into alcohol's effects on human behavior, a new study suggests.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 5.00

Understanding biological foundation of human behavior critical to improving laws
Laws and public policy will often miss their mark until they incorporate an understanding of why, biologically, humans behave as they do, scholars from Vanderbilt and Yale universities argue in the March issue of Columbia Law Review.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 2.80

Adolescent binge drinking produces tolerance to alcohol
Many young people have their first experience with alcohol between 12 and 17 years of age. "Binge" drinking, consumption of five or more drinks on one occasion, is of particular concern.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 3.67

Behavioral sensitization: A new perspective on alcoholism
One of the ways by which people are believed to develop alcoholism is called "behavioral sensitization" to the effects of alcohol.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 4.00

Health Belief Systems and the Psychobiology of War
The thesis of this essay is that an appreciation of the significance of belief systems in the psychobiology of war can point to paths around the irrationalities they present and make the education effort more effective.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 2.71, 8 pages

The clinicians' dilemma
The possible influence of a biological field on the psychobiological synthesis reflected in human behaviour is exciting to contemplate; an
invisible source of energy with a powerful effect on form and activity.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Toward a Biopsychosocial Understanding of the Patient–Physician Relationship: An Emerging Dialogue
This approach to the patient–physician relationship shifts our focus from the relationship as a context for the delivery of medical treatment to the relationship itself as a medical treatment.

Date: 29 Apr 2007, Rating: 7.83, 8 pages