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The Routledge International Handbook of Psychobiology

Edited By

Philip N. Murphy

ISBN 9781138188006
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
592 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Section One Introduction

Chapter 1. What is psychobiology?

Philip N. Murphy

Section Two The physical environment: how psychobiological processes regulate how we respond and cope.

Chapter 2. The psychobiology of wound healing

Jessica Walburn, Kavita Vedhara and John Weinman

Chapter 3. Fighting for our lives: The psychobiology of surviving an emergency

Sarita Robinson and John Leach

Chapter 4. The sense of smell in relation to our affective states and wellbeing

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

Chapter 5. Are there hidden dangers to mobile phones use? A psychobiological perspective

Rodney J. Croft, Giuseppe Curcio, and Sarah P. Loughran

Chapter 6. Psychological and neurobiological processes in coping with pain: The role of social interactions

Charlotte Krahé and Aikaterini Fotopoulou


Section Three Stress and anxiety

Chapter 7. Hormonal measurement in psychobiological research

Angela Clow, Frank Hucklebridge and Nina Smyth

Chapter 8. Techniques for inducing stress: problems and opportunities

Olivia Craw, Michael A Smith, Mark A Wetherell

Chapter 9. Corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) processes in acute and chronic anxiety

Paula S. M. Yamashita, James E. Hassell, Jr., & Christopher A. Lowry

Chapter 10. MDMA assisted psychotherapy: A psychobiological analysis and critique

A.C. Parrott

Chapter 11. Effects of stress and cortisol on eating behaviour in children and adolescents

Daryl B. O’Connor

Section Four Managing and enhancing cognition and mood

Chapter 12. Essential oils and aromas which affect mood and cognition

Edward J. Okello and Melanie-Jayne R. Howes

Chapter 13. The role of glucose in supporting cognition and mood regulation

Andrew Scholey, Riccarda Peters, Carlee Cleeland and David White

Chapter 14. Your fatty brain: The role of DHA in cognition across the lifespan

Philippa A. Jackson

Chapter 15. The Psychobiology of the behavioural effects of caffeine

Andrew P. Smith

Chapter 16. The effects of polyphenols on cognition: how mechanisms pertaining to cardiovascular health relate to improved neurocognitive function

Emma Wightman and David Kennedy

Chapter 17. The psychobiology underlying swearing and taboo language

Richard Stephens


Section Five Substance use and misuse

Chapter 18. The contribution of animal models to our understanding of addictive processes

Susan Schenk

Chapter 19. Some psychobiological implications of cannabis use

Philip N. Murphy

Chapter 20. What is the evidence for psychobiological harm from the use of ‘ecstasy’ (MDMA)?

C.A. Roberts and C. Montgomery

Chapter 21. Social drinking: current findings on acute and chronic effects upon sleep disturbance and brain activity in adolescents and young adults

Christian L. Nicholas, Caitlyn G. Gourlay, and Julia K. M. Chan

Section Six Sleep

Chapter 22. Sleep Research Recording Methods

Hawley E. Montgomery-Downs

Chapter 23. Psychobiology of insomnia

Ximena Omlin, Kai Spiegelhalder, Leonie Maurer and Simon D. Kyle

Chapter 24. The neurobiology of sleep

Roman Rutka, Sonia Pellissier and Pascal Hot

Chapter 25. The cognitive and neurobiological effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Melinda L. Jackson and Rachel Schembri

Chapter 26. EEG changes between sleeping and wake: characteristics and neural generation

Julia K. M. Chan and Christian L. Nicholas


Section Seven Psychobiology and human development

Chapter 27. Psychobiological foundations of early sensory-motor development and implications for neonatal care.

Victoria Dumont, Maryse Delaunay - El Allam, and Nadège Roche-Labarbe

Chapter 28. The Biological Bases of Personality

Gayle Brewer

Chapter 29. Understanding the association between childhood maltreatment and depression from a biological perspective

Georgina M. Hosang

Chapter 30. The role of physical activity and exercise in improving cognition and preventing cognitive decline

Mira Soni, Nils Niederstrasser, Eef Hogervorst



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Philip N. Murphy is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, United Kingdom, where his research is situated within the Substance Use and Misuse Lab. He has worked professionally in the field of substance use since the early 1980s. His research areas include clinical aspects of treating heroin and cocaine dependence, and the implications for cognitive performance of the use of ‘ecstasy’ and cannabis.


"This is an exciting book with chapters written by a group of internationally-known authors. It very effectively addresses cutting-edge material and manages to link the more ‘pure’ aspects of psychobiology with applications to real-world issues of health and well-being, such as drugs, addiction, pain and stress. The editors and authors have done a good job in making the chapters accessible. It will be very useful to researchers and students of psychology."

Frederick Toates, Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology, The Open University

"In The Routledge International Handbook of Psychobiology, Philip Murphy has brought together a variety of experts to deliver an engaging and thought-provoking review of contemporary research in this core aspect of Psychology. Throughout the chapters, which include classical areas of study such as sleep and drug addiction, and more innovative and intriguing topics such as the impact of mobile phone use and essential oils on cognitive function, the book skilfully teases apart the implications of reductionism within the context of socio-culturalism. This is a volume reflecting careful thought and a wide range of expertise. I am confident that it will be of considerable interest to a diverse range of psychologists."

Professor Kate Bullen, Head of School, Applied Social Science, University of Brighton