Biological Responses to Disasters

  title={Biological Responses to Disasters},
  author={Arieh Y Shalev},
  journal={Psychiatric Quarterly},
The pathogenic effect of extreme events has been equated with their immediate stressfulness, and thereby with the biology of stress. This article extends this classical view to include, among other pathogenic factors the biological dimensions of learning, social interaction, territorial behavior, and a top-down brain process that links personal and cultural meanings with emotional and bodily responses. The paper depicts the way in which mechanisms related to stress and aversive learning trigger… CONTINUE READING

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