The Routledge International Handbook of Psychobiology provides authoritative, cutting-edge research across the range of areas that fall under the umbrella of psychobiology. The handbook comprises 30 chapters which are organized into seven sections: the physical environment; how psychobiological processes regulate how we respond and cope; stress and anxiety; managing and enhancing mood and cognition; substance use and misuse; sleep; and psychobiology and human development. Each of the chapters is authored by experienced and active researchers in their field who provide authoritative reviews of the latest developments in psychobiology.

It is essential reading for both established researchers in the field of psychobiology, as well as advanced students wishing to learn more about both the historical foundations and latest developments in this rapidly growing field.

chapter 1|4 pages

What is psychobiology?

ByPhilip N. Murphy

part I|88 pages

The physical environment

chapter 2|12 pages

The psychobiology of wound healing

ByJessica Walburn, Kavita Vedhara, John Weinman

chapter 3|23 pages

Fighting for our lives

The psychobiology of surviving an emergency
BySarita Robinson, John Leach

chapter 4|14 pages

The sense of smell in relation to our affective states and wellbeing

ByC. Licon, C. Manesse, C. Rouby, M. Bensafi

chapter 5|15 pages

Are there hidden dangers to mobile phone use?

A psychobiological perspective
ByRodney J. Croft, Giuseppe Curcio, Sarah P. Loughran

chapter 6|20 pages

Psychological and neurobiological processes in coping with pain

The role of social interactions
ByCharlotte Krahé, Aikaterini Fotopoulou

part II|98 pages

Stress and anxiety

chapter 7|14 pages

Hormonal measurement in psychobiological research

ByAngela Clow, Frank Hucklebridge, Nina Smyth

chapter 8|16 pages

Techniques for inducing stress

Problems and opportunities
ByMark A. Wetherell, Olivia Craw, Michael A. Smith

chapter 9|33 pages

Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) processes in acute and chronic anxiety

ByPaula S. M. Yamashita, James E. Hassell, Christopher A. Lowry

chapter 10|20 pages

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy

A psychobiological analysis and critique
ByA. C. Parrott

part III|89 pages

Managing and enhancing mood and cognition

chapter 12|14 pages

Essential oils and aromas that affect mood and cognition

ByEdward J. Okello, Melanie-Jayne R. Howes

chapter 13|10 pages

The role of glucose in supporting cognition and mood regulation

ByAndrew Scholey, Riccarda Peters, Carlee Cleeland, David White

chapter 14|20 pages

Your fatty brain

The role of DHA in cognition across the lifespan
ByPhilippa A. Jackson

chapter 15|12 pages

The psychobiology of the behavioural effects of caffeine

ByAndrew P. Smith

chapter 16|17 pages

The effects of polyphenols on cognition

How mechanisms pertaining to cardiovascular health relate to improved neurocognitive function
ByEmma Wightman, David Kennedy

chapter 17|13 pages

The psychobiology underlying swearing and taboo language

ByRichard Stephens

part IV|105 pages

Substance use and misuse

chapter 19|21 pages

Some psychobiological implications of cannabis use

ByPhilip N. Murphy

chapter 20|36 pages

What is the evidence for psychobiological harm from the use of ‘ecstasy’ (MDMA)?

ByCarl Alexander Roberts, Catharine Montgomery

chapter 21|21 pages

Social drinking

Current findings on acute and chronic effects upon sleep disturbance and brain activity in adolescents and young adults
ByChristian L. Nicholas, Caitlyn G. Gourlay, Julia K. M. Chan

part V|90 pages


chapter 22|17 pages

Sleep research recording methods

ByHawley E. Montgomery-Downs

chapter 23|15 pages

Psychobiology of insomnia

ByXimena Omlin, Kai Spiegelhalder, Leonie Maurer, Simon D. Kyle

chapter 24|17 pages

The neurobiology of sleep

ByRoman Rutka, Sonia Pellissier, Pascal Hot

chapter 25|18 pages

The cognitive and neurobiological effects of obstructive sleep apnea

ByMelinda L. Jackson, Rachel Schembri

chapter 26|18 pages

EEG changes between sleeping and wakefulness

Characteristics and neural generation
ByJulia K. M. Chan, Christian L. Nicholas

part VI|88 pages

Psychobiology and human development

chapter 27|23 pages

Psychobiological foundations of early sensory-motor development and implications for neonatal care

ByVictoria Dumont, Maryse Delaunay-El Allam, Nadège Roche-Labarbe

chapter 28|17 pages

The biological bases of personality

ByGayle Brewer

chapter 30|28 pages

Cognitive function, ageing, and dementia

The role of physical activity and exercise in improving cognition and preventing cognitive decline
ByEef Hogervorst, Nils Niederstrasser