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The Influence of Communication on Physiology and Health


Edited By James M. Honeycutt, Chris R. Sawyer and Shaughan Keaton

There is a significant amount of research that substantiates the connection between social support/relationships and the development, onset, and/or recovery of several physical diseases/illnesses. Research has shown, for example, that an unhappy marriage can increase the likelihood of becoming ill by 35% while stressful communication can lead to an increase in cardiovascular reactivity which in turn increases the risk of coronary heart disease and premature mortality.
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the influences of communication on physiology and physical health status occurring in a variety of contexts, from families, interpersonal relationships, and public speaking to sport fandom, affection, fear, and the escalation of conflict. It offers a broad and up-to-date review of the relevant literature in this area of study.
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Author Biographies


Chapter 1 (Honeycutt, Bannon, & Hatcher)

James M. Honeycutt is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. He is co-editor of the journal Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. His research includes cardiovascular indicators of relational conflict as well as how mental imagery in the form of imagined interactions affect physiological arousal. His hobbies include jogging, Golden Doodles, some golf, and mixing music. Address all correspondence to James Honeycutt at

Brandon D. Bannon received his PhD from Louisiana State University. He is Assistant Professor of Communication at Louisiana College. His research interests include functions and purposes of narratives in personal and group identity. His hobbies include fly cast fishing.

Laura C. Hatcher received her MA from Auburn University. She is a doctoral candidate in communication studies at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include studying the function of pheromones in attraction and conflict, relational quality, and cardiovascular correlates associated with pheromones. Her hobbies include board games, jogging, dog handing, art, and watching SEC football.

Chapter 2 (Tardy)

Charles H. Tardy received his PhD from the University of Iowa. He is Professor and former president of the Southern States Communication Association and chair of communication studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. His research interests include how social interaction affects health and illness, especially cardiovascular diseases. His hobbies include watching USM football and soccer. Address all correspondence to Charles Tardy at ← 229 | 230 →

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