Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary–developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity

  title={Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary–developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity},
  author={W. Thomas Boyce and Bruce J. Ellis},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  pages={271 - 301}
  • W. BoyceB. Ellis
  • Published 12 May 2005
  • Psychology
  • Development and Psychopathology
Biological reactivity to psychological stressors comprises a complex, integrated, and highly conserved repertoire of central neural and peripheral neuroendocrine responses designed to prepare the organism for challenge or threat. Developmental experience plays a role, along with heritable, polygenic variation, in calibrating the response dynamics of these systems, with early adversity biasing their combined effects toward a profile of heightened or prolonged reactivity. Conventional views of… 

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