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Social Psychoneuroimmunology: Understanding Bidirectional Links between Social Experiences and the Immune System

Citation

Muscatell, Keely A. (Online ahead of print). Social Psychoneuroimmunology: Understanding Bidirectional Links between Social Experiences and the Immune System. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Abstract

Does the immune system have a “social life,” wherein our social experiences can affect and be affected by the activities of the immune system? Research in the nascent subfield of social psychoneuroimmunology suggests that the answer to this question is a resounding “yes” – there are profound bidirectional connections between social experiences and the immune system. Yet there are also vast opportunities for discovery in this new subfield. In this article, I briefly define and outline some core tenants of social psychoneuroimmunology (Fig. 1). I also highlight opportunities for future work in this area. Bringing together social psychological and psychoneuroimmunology research will undoubtedly lead to important discoveries about the interconnections between the immune system and social experience that will advance both basic science knowledge and understanding of health and well-being.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2020.12.023

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Viewpoint

Year Published

Online ahead of print

Journal Title

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Author(s)

Muscatell, Keely A.

Continent/Country

United States of America

State

Nonspecific