Physiology and neurobiology of stress and adaptation: central role of the brain.

@article{McEwen2007PhysiologyAN,
  title={Physiology and neurobiology of stress and adaptation: central role of the brain.},
  author={Bruce S McEwen},
  journal={Physiological reviews},
  year={2007},
  volume={87 3},
  pages={873-904}
}
  • Bruce S McEwen
  • Published 2007 in Physiological reviews
The brain is the key organ of the response to stress because it determines what is threatening and, therefore, potentially stressful, as well as the physiological and behavioral responses which can be either adaptive or damaging. Stress involves two-way communication between the brain and the cardiovascular, immune, and other systems via neural and endocrine mechanisms. Beyond the "flight-or-fight" response to acute stress, there are events in daily life that produce a type of chronic stress… CONTINUE READING