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Catecholamines
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: Encyclopedia of Stress, Academic Press, San Diego , 2005Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The catecholamines have been of central interest and importance in stress research since the first demonstrations of the role of sympathetic arousal in response to stress exposure early in the 20th century. Numerous animal experiments have illustrated the active defence reaction and the ”emergency function” of the adrenal medulla, which increases the organism’s chances of survival by ”fight-or-flight”. During the past decades, a considerable number of studies in humans, in laboratory as well as in natural settings, has confirmed and extended the conclusions from the animal studies. The aim of this article is to summarize research and conclusions relevant to the role of catecholamines in stress and health, including their assessment and methodological considerations, as well as gender differences in catecholamine responses to stress.

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Academic Press, San Diego , 2005.
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catecholamines, stress, health
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13577OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13577DiVA: diva2:180097
Available from: 2008-04-11 Created: 2008-04-11Bibliographically approved

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