Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter provides a primer and practical guide for social scientists who wish to study the effects of social interactions on immune function. It focuses on three widely employed in vivo (i.e., ‘whole body’) assessment methods of immune function, namely, the responses to vaccination, the rate of wound healing, and the control of latent virus infections. The focus on these three in vivo approaches has a strong conceptual and empirical basis. Conceptually, in vivo assessment is the only approach that provides an unambiguous answer regarding the health-relevant impact of social factors on immune function. The empirical basis for focusing on the aforementioned three in vivo assessment methods is straightforward: These three approaches are the only in vivo methods for which meta-analyses show a robust effect which is reproducible across research laboratories.

Keywords: psychoneuroimmunology, wound healing, vaccination, reactivation, latent viruses, methods, review, stress

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.