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Biopsychosocial Interactions (BPSI)


BPSI Background

Biopsychosocial research (also known as biobehavioral or biosocial research) involves the study of the interactions of biological factors with behavioral or social variables and how they affect each other (i.e., the study of bi-directional multilevel relationships). Behavioral variables may relate not only to cognition, attitudes, emotions, sensation, motivation, perception, and communication but also to overt behaviors such as eating, drinking, sexual, aggressive, and parental behaviors.

Biopsychosocial research includes basic and applied research, and it is not restricted to humans. It includes normal as well as pathological function. It reflects an understanding of the relationship between behavior and health and combines behavioral and social sciences with basic and applied biological sciences. Examples of health-related research on biopsychosocial interactions include:
  • The effects of interactions between genetic and environmental factors on health
  • Behavior genetics
  • Behavioral, cognitive, social and economic neurosciences
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Behavioral cardiology
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