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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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Preface by Gary Kreps


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Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., George Mason University

It has often been asserted by both scholars and health practitioners that communication is an integral process in the delivery of care and the promotion of health. However, up until now, there has been only limited and fragmented presentations of empirical evidence that indelibly linked communication processes to specific and critical health outcomes. “The Influence of Communication on Physiology and Health” fills this gap in the health literature by contributing to validation of profound physiological influences of human communication on key physical health outcomes in three major areas:

• The influences of human communication on functioning of the heart (cardiovascular studies);

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