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  1. Serge Campeau

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0738

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Campeau, S. 2010. Psychoneuroendocrinology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Colorado at Boulder

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Psychoneuroendocrinology is the study of endocrine functions ultimately controlled by the brain. In turn, many brain processes underlying mood and cognition are influenced by the hormonal products of the various endocrine organs. The main endocrine functions of the body organize development and growth, reproduction, homeostasis (temperature, fluids, minerals, and energy balance), and immunity. Although endocrine dysfunctions are often produced by direct organic disorders, many endocrine disorders have been traced to abnormal brain processes. Thus, the discipline of psychoneuroendocrinology focuses on an exploration of the relationships between mind, brain, and endocrine systems. The following account briefly describes the major constituents of the neuroendocrine system and focuses on how the brain, moods, and cognition regulate, and are regulated by, hormones.


  • hormones;
  • hypothalamus;
  • pituitary;
  • depression;
  • anxiety