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The degree of methylation changes over the life span and is also influenced by “epi-” effects such as diet, tobacco use, and exposure to environmental toxins (Davis & Uthus, 2004). These examples of epigenetic research demonstrate that gene–environment effects are always important. Some genes are expressed and affect our health, while some genes are silenced and remain unnoticed from one generation to the next unless circumstances, such as the quality of nurturing during childhood, change (Riddihough & Zahn, 2010; Skipper, 2011).
By the early 1970s, behavioral medicine began to explore the role of learned behaviors in health and disease. One of its early successes was the research of Neal Miller (1909–2002), who used operant conditioning techniques to teach 15 psychosomatic medicine An outdated branch of medicine that focused on the diagnosis and treatment of physical diseases caused by faulty psychological processes. behavioral medicine An interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and biomedical science in preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness.
For example, if you have felt cheerful and in good spirits more than half of the time during the last two weeks, put a tick in the box with the number 3 in the upper-right corner. Over the last two weeks All of the time Most of the time More then half of the time Less then half of the time Some of the time At no time 1. I have felt cheerful and in good spirits 5 4 3 2 1 0 2. I have felt calm and relaxed 5 4 3 2 1 0 3. I have felt active and vigorous 5 4 3 2 1 0 4. I woke up feeling fresh and rested 5 4 3 2 1 0 5.