Inflamed Feeling

The Brain's Role in Immune Defence

What do feeling sick and being afraid of strangers have in common?

The answer is that these feelings represent a behavioural drive which evolved in our ancestors to combat the most dangerous threat to survival: infection. Les mer
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What do feeling sick and being afraid of strangers have in common?

The answer is that these feelings represent a behavioural drive which evolved in our ancestors to combat the most dangerous threat to survival: infection.

Behaviour and emotions play pivotal roles in the struggle for good health. When your body is telling your brain that you are sick, you are experiencing survival strategies that developed years ago. Listening to these feelings will allow you to save energy that can be used for recuperation and recovery. Urges of staying still, noticing pain, feeling sorry for yourself, and focusing inward are bodily messages that benefit immune defence.

For our forefathers, in whom these strategies evolved, it wasn't enough to change behaviour once sick. Defensive behaviours to be able to avoid infection in the first place were also needed. Thus, tools for detecting illness in others evolved. This is why superficial signs of ill-health, or maybe even the prejudicial idea of a person with a foreign bacterial culture, can cause anxiety and avoidance. Not surprisingly, having a too high or too low sensitivity to inner or outer disease signals is
connected to mental as well as somatic disorders.

In this book, Mats Lekander explains the science behind perceived health, using Barbie dolls, visual illusions, personal experiences, placebo, hypochondriacs and historical anecdotes. Placed against a back-drop of the latest neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology he explains why you feel healthy or sick. He describes when he poisoned himself at work and enjoyed it, and why white blood cells and inflammation are key players when our brains trys to guess what is going in our inner worlds.

The result is an absorbing and eye-opening book, one that seems so relevant in the current times
Forlag: Oxford University Press
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780198863441
Format: 23 x 16 cm

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«Join a thriller-like journey between body and brain, a constantly ongoing tourism in your innermost, in which balance and just as often unbalance is described in an accessible scientific way. Instructive and fun!»

Barbo Osher, philanthropist and Consul-General of Sweden in San Francisco

«At last a book about the psychology and physiology of well-being, giving fascinating insights into questions about health which takes up so much room in contemporary society»

Martin Ingvar, author and Professor of Integrative Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

«This is a great read for those wanting a very readable insight into our inner world. Incorporating insights from psychoneuroimmunology, Mats Lekander gives us a personal tour of the way the brain experiences both our outer and inner worlds. The author includes anecdotes of his personal experiences, making the field very accessible to non-specialists as well as highly accomplished scientists»

Benjamin Hart, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, USA

«A fascinating journey drawing together cognitive psychology, anthropology, sociology and immunology to reveal how perceptions or misperceptions of our inner world (body) impact on our health and wellbeing. A must read!»

Neil Harrison, Clinical Professor in Neuroimaging at Cardiff University, UK
1: What does the brain know about the outside world
2: What does the brain know about the body
3: Our inner defence systems
4: The sickness response
5: Disgust and prejudice in disease defence
6: How do you rate your general health
7: Feeling sick and other emotions
8: Can you affect your perceived health?
9: How society affects our health
10: Perhaps its not that bad?
Mats Lekander is a professor of Psychoneuroimmunology at Stockholm University and of Health Psychology at Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden. He is co-director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, and a former director of the Stockholm Stress Center, a center of excellence for research on work, stress and health. He heads the Division of Psychoneuroimmunology at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. His central
line of research focuses on the relation between inflammation, brain function and behavior, especially related to the sickness response. It is also investigated how humans through perceptual means can detect when others are sick and how such detection affects behavior and attitudes. Other lines of
research focus on consequences of disturbed sleep and stress, and psychological treatment of related disorders