Research : Sponsored Studies : Mind-Body Interactions
Mind-Body Interactions

Here is what Cousins Center investigators have accomplished:

Review of Progress in health psychology interventions
Nicassio , P.M., B.E. Meyerowitz, et al. “The future of health psychology interventions.” Health Psychol 23(2): 132-7, 2004.
Increases in meaning-related goals are associated with changes in immune function
Bower , J. E. and S.C. Segerstrom. Stress management, finding benefit, and immune function: positive mechanisms for intervention effects on physiology. J Psychosom Res 56(1): 9-11, 2004.
Bower , J.E., Kemeny, M.E., Taylor, S.E., & Fahey, J.L. Finding positive meaning and its association with natural killer cell cytotoxicity among participants in a bereavement-related disclosure intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25, 146-155, 2003.
Daily experience of negative mood may be associated with higher blood pressure
Shapiro D , Goldstein IB & Jamner L. Blood pressure in everyday life: Interplay of biological, psychological, social, emotional, and situational factors. In G, Weidner, M. Kopp, & M. Kristenson (Eds.). Heart disease: Environment, stress and gender. IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2002.
Shapiro D, Jamner LD, Goldstein IB & Delfino RJ. Striking a chord: moods, blood pressure, and heart rate in everyday life. Psychophysiology, 38:197-204, 2001.
Self-enhancement may be associated with lower autonomic responses to stress
Taylor , S. E., Lerner, J. S., Sherman, D. K., Sage, R. M., & McDowell, N. K. Are Self-Enhancing Cognitions Associated with Healthy or Unhealthy Biological Profiles? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 605-615, 2003.
Taylor , S.E., Kemeny, M.E., Reed, G.M., Bower, J.E., & Gruenewald, T.L. Psychological resources, positive illusions, and health. American Psychologist, 55, 99-109, 2000.
Childhood family environments represent vital links for understanding mental and physical health across the life span
Repetti, R.L., Taylor, S.E., & Seeman, T.E. Risky families: Family social environments and the mental and physical health of offspring. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 330-366, 2002.
The practice of Tai Chi Chih, a moving meditation, improves health functioning and immunity in older adults
Irwin MR, Pike JL,Cole, JS & Oxman M. Effects of a behavioral intervention, Tai Chi Chih, on Varicella zoster virus specific immunity and health functioning in older and at-risk adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65:824-830, 2003.
Impact of health beliefs, quality of life, and the doctor-patient relationship on the treatment intention of inflammatory bowel disease patients
Goldring AB , TaylorSE, Kemeny ME, Anton PA. Impact of health beliefs, quality of life, and the physician-patient relationship on the treatment intentions of inflammatory bowel disease patients . Health Psychology, 2002 May;21(3):219-28.
Biological and behavioral factors may contribute to the association between support and fetal growth
Dunkel-SchetterC, Gurung RAR, Lobel M & Wadhwa PD. Psychological, biological and social processes in pregnancy: Using a stress framework to study birth outcomes. In A. Baum, T. Revenson, & J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of Health Psychology, Hillsdale New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000.
Feldman PJ, Dunkel-SchetterC, Sandman CA & Wadhwa PD. Maternal social support predicts birth weight and fetal growth in human pregnancy. Psychosomatic Medicine, 62(5), 715-725, 2000.
Sleep disruption is associated with alterations in immune cell trafficking
Redwine, L., J. Dang, Irwin M . Cellular adhesion molecule expression, nocturnal sleep, and partial night sleep deprivation. Brain Behav Immun 18(4): 333-40, 2004.
See what we are doing now. Here are some of our ongoing studies:
Iyengar Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors with Persistent Fatigue
PI: Julienne Bower Funded by NCCAM
The Effects of Pain on Leukocyte CAM Expression
PI: Margaret Compton Funded by NINR
Enhancing Recovery After Cardiac Surgery
PI: Lynn Doering Funded by NINR
Biobehavioral Issues in Physical and Mental Health
PI: Christine Dunkel Schetter Funded by NIMH
An fMRI Study of Cytokine-Associated Depression and Social Pain
PI: Naomi Eisenberger Funded by Dana Foundation
Anterograde Amnesia for Contextual Fear
PI: Michael Fanselow Funded by NIMH
Aging: Cytokine Mechanims and Treatment of Insomnia
PI: Michael Irwin Funded by NIA
Tai Chi Effects on Chronic Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors: Immune Mechanisms
PI: Michael Irwin Funded by NCI
Sleep and Immune Mechanisms in Rheumatoid Arthritis
PI: Michael Irwin Funded by NHLBI
Intervention Clinical Trial for Geriatric Depression
PI: Helen Lavretsky Funded by NIMH
Psychobiologic Factors of the Placebo Response in MDD
PI: Andrew Leuchter Funded by NCCAM
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Stress Reactivity
PI: Matthew Lieberman Funded by NIMH
Aging: Insomnia Treatment and Energy Balance
PI: Sarosh Motivala Funded by NIA
Ethnic Variations in Anti-Depressant Response
PI: Hector Myers Funded by NIMH
Treatment of Fear and Pain in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
PI: Bruce Naliboff Funded by NINR
Physiologic Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine Based IBS Subgroups
PI: Bruce Naliboff Funded by NCCAM
Assess of Stress Effects in Methamphetamine Dependence
PI: Thomas Newton Funded by NIDA
Behavioral Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
PI: Perry Nicassio Funded by NIAMSD
Efficacy of CAM Interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis
PI: Jennifer Pike Funded by NCCAM
Psychological and Biological Antecedents of Health Behavior Decisions
PI: Shelley Taylor Funded by NIA
Self-Regulatory Aspects of Positive Illusions
PI: Shelley Taylor Funded by NIMH
Corticotropin-Releasing Factor-Action on GI Function
PI: Yvette Tache Funded by NIDDKD
Stress-Induced Activation of Colonic Motor Function
PI: Yvette Tache Funded by NIDDKD
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