Illness cognition and behavior: An experimental approach

  title={Illness cognition and behavior: An experimental approach},
  author={Robert T. Croyle and Peter H. Ditto},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
The study of illness cognition and behavior has relied primarily on nonexperimental research designs. In this paper we review the results of a program of experimental investigations of psychological reactions to health threats. Most of the studies employ a new experimental paradigm developed to study illness cognition and behavior in the laboratory. The paradigm has been used in several experiments to examine the cognitive and motivational processes underlying reactions to medical test results… CONTINUE READING

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