Positive Emotional States and Enhancement of the Immune System

  title={Positive Emotional States and Enhancement of the Immune System},
  author={K. Dillon and B. Minchoff and K. Baker},
  journal={The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine},
  pages={13 - 18}
  • K. Dillon, B. Minchoff, K. Baker
  • Published 1985
  • Medicine
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
  • Salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) concentration increased significantly after subjects viewed a humorous videotape and did not change significantly after they viewed a didactic videotape. Scores on a questionnaire measuring the perceived use of humor as a coping skill were positively related to initial IgA concentration and inversely related to changes in IgA concentration after subjects' viewing of the humorous videotape, which implies a ceiling effect. Enhancement of the immune system may be… CONTINUE READING
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